An Alpha lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering, Helmholtz is a prime example of his caste, but feels that his work is empty and meaningless and would like to use his writing abilities for something more meaningful. He and Bernard are friends because they find common ground in their discontent with the World State, but Helmholtzs criticisms of the World State are more philosophical and intellectual than Bernards more petty complaints. As a result, Helmholtz often finds Bernards boastfulness and cowardice tedious. He was a friend and confidant of Bernard Marx and John the Savage. He was admired Shakespeare for his prowess in that field. He had ideas that were similar to Johns and was exiled because of them, but to him they were only theory and he never acted upon his ideas of solitude, etc.