Describe the relationship between Bernard and Lenina.

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Bernard and Lenina are two sides of the same coin. They are both looking for a change in their routine, but for different reasons. They find this change in each other.

Bernard is a member of the elite, an Alpha plus, but his looks make him appear to be of...

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Bernard and Lenina are two sides of the same coin. They are both looking for a change in their routine, but for different reasons. They find this change in each other.

Bernard is a member of the elite, an Alpha plus, but his looks make him appear to be of a lower status. Because of this, and probably unconsciously, he cultivates behaviors that challenge societal norms. He turns off all the lights in the helicopter and listens to the night, distressing Lenina. He openly shows his disgust at a friend's descriptions of his sexual exploits. He sees himself as rebellious, but his rebellion is only skin deep and used to cover his own perceived inadequacies. This cover is betrayed at the end when Bernard begs not to be exiled.

Lenina is the perfect Beta: beautiful, hardworking, promiscuous, and consumeristic. She fits into society perfectly and has only one idiosyncrasy: she is attracted to unusual men, perhaps bored with men who all seem the same. These men include Bernard and John, neither of whom fit perfectly into society. At the end, Lenina simply moves on and is presumably unaffected by the book's events, or at least she suffers no more than can be fixed by a soma holiday.

It is interesting to note that their names are Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne, perhaps to represent the similarities of Brave New World's society to Marxism-Leninism and where that society might go if followed to its most radical conclusion.

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Lenina is a typical Beta-plus: well-adjusted and conditioned to live happily in the World State as a consumer, worker, and superficial friend. However, she recently has not been feeling promiscuous, a problem she confides to her friend Fanny:

“I hadn’t been feeling very keen on promiscuity lately. There are times when one doesn’t. Haven’t you found that too, Fanny?”

Fanny nodded her sympathy and understanding. “But one’s got to make the effort,” she said, sententiously, “one’s got to play the game. After all, every one belongs to every one else.”

Bernard Marx, an Alpha-plus is conveniently available for her to date so that she isn't violating social norms by focusing too exclusively on Henry. Also, she wants to go with Marx to the Savage Reservation, a novelty for her. She dismisses the warnings of the others that he is strange, saying she thinks he is "sweet." Nevertheless, his questioning of social norms and his desire sometimes to be alone, including hovering over the water with her in his helicopter, strains their relationship. He is a bit too different for her to understand him, though he is nothing compared to John the Savage.

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Bernard and Lenina's relationship is a typical, non-committal one that plays out ever day in Huxley's world. Bernard is an intelligent and elite Alpha and Lenina is a Beta, which is one class system down from his. She's interested in him because he's different from the other guys. He's smaller and moodier from other Alphas and Lenina is beautiful; both, however, seem unsatisfied with the repetitious life of their society. It is partially this restlessness that prompts them to go on a long excursion for a date to a reservation in New Mexico. One might think that this date could lead to something more monogamous developing between Bernard and Lenina, but the exact opposite ocurrs. Lenina not only sees John who is even more different than Bernard (and more good looking) she has a mental breakdown and ends up taking a sleeping vacation while on vacation. Bernard gets distracted with problems from work and eventually forgets about his interestin Lenina.

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