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by Aldous Huxley

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How is Bernard Marx different from his associates in Brave New World?  

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In Huxley's celebrated novel Brave New World, Bernard Marx is an Alpha-Plus who is treated as an outcast in the World State because of his appearance and personality. Bernard Marx is significantly shorter than his peers and does not resemble the other members of his elite caste. There are rumors that alcohol accidentally spilled into Bernard's blood-surrogate during the Bokanovsky Process, and he resents the fact that he does not experience society as intended for all Alpha-Plus citizens. Bernard is continually mistaken for a lower-caste civilian, and women do not find him attractive. Unlike his peers, Bernard does not engage in promiscuity and desires to be in a relationship with Lenina.

Bernard is also significantly more intelligent than his peers and recognizes the superficial nature of the World State. Similar to his best friend, Helmholtz, Bernard views the World State's society as shallow and meaningless. Bernard desires excitement and spontaneity and also enjoys his solitude. In a...

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