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by Aldous Huxley

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Describe Bernard's relationship with Lenina in Brave New World.

Bernard relationship with Lenina in Brave New World is based on mutual self interest. Bernard is unusually short for an alpha, so his pairing with the very sexually desirable Lenina enhances his status with other alpha men. Lenina, in return, gets a rare and desirable trip to the Savage reservation because of dating Bernard. Ultimately, the highly intelligent Bernard, who appreciates solitude, is too odd for Lenina, while she is too conventional for him.

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The culture in Huxley's Brave New World demands that no one participates in monogamous relationships. Everyone is supposed to date and sleep around, but at the beginning of the book, Lenina has been repeatedly dating a man named Henry. After feeling a little peer pressure from a coworker, and in an effort to preserve her reputation as the polyamorous society demands, Lenina decides to accept Bernard's offer to go on a trip from London to New Mexico.

Lenina decides to go into the men's locker room to find Bernard and talk with him about their plans. The men, she notices, look at her and know her because she has dated most of them. She is counting on them to be talking about her later, because she is popular. So when she goes up to Bernard and tells him in front of everyone that she is excited to go on their big trip together in July, she accomplishes her task to let everyone know that she is not falling into monogamy with Henry.

Bernard, on the other hand, is embarrassed at Lenina's public...

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