Name three faults that the DHC finds with Bernard’s behavior. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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The Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning's diatribe against Bernard in Chapter 10 of Brave New World is reminiscent of the pronouncements of the Soviet Union that was existant in Aldous Huxley's day.  With Bernard's last name as a reminder of the U.S.S.R.--Marx--the mention of Bernard's faults in this allusion is especially effective.  So, when Bernard enters and speaks a little too loudly, the Director begins his list of offenses against Bernard:

  1. He has betrayed the trust given to him as an Alpha Plus by his "heretical views on sport and soma." [The reader remembers that Bernard does not always take soma and he enjoys looking at nature instead of playing Obstacle Golf]
  2. Bernard has a scandalous "unorthodoxy of his sexlife." [Rather than follow the "everyone belongs to everyone" belief, Bernard prefers to be with Lenina for extended periods.]
  3. He has had lapses from the appropriate "infantile decorum."  Bernard has not been infantile in his emotional behavior; he is supposed to have an imbecilic happiness.
  4. Bernard is a subverter of all order and stability, "a conspirator against Society itself."  [Bernard is too individualistic]

While Bernard respresents negative traits, they are, at least, human traits that suggest human values in an increasingly inhuman world.  Thus, Bernard, flawed as he is, is an invaluable character in Huxley's dysutopia.