Explain what the following quotation tells us about Lenina's character in Brave New World.Upset by Bernard's accusations, Lenina blurts out, "I don't know what you mean. I am free. Free to have the...

Explain what the following quotation tells us about Lenina's character in Brave New World.

Upset by Bernard's accusations, Lenina blurts out, "I don't know what you mean. I am free. Free to have the most wonderful time. Everybody's happy nowadays." (Huxley 79)

 

 

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This quotation shows us that Lenina is something of a conflicted character.  She is in some ways pulled towards being different from the other people in the society yet, at the same time, she believes in what she has been taught to believe.

We know from other parts of the book that she has been somewhat of a rebel by going out with Henry Foster for four months straight.  This sort of exclusive relationship is not socially acceptable in this culture.  However, the quote that you have given shows that Lenina is not really a complete rebel.  She believes in what the society has conditioned her to believe.  She believes that she really is free and so is everyone else, even when this is clearly not true.

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