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by Aldous Huxley

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What happens to Bernard and Helmholtz at the end of the Brave New World?

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Hmmmm, not too much to add to the above answer except that the ending of Brave New World is the opposite for these two characters.  Helmholtz is the citizen while Bernard is the exile.

Helmholtz would be considered the New World "success story" of the novel:  conforming to the new state, but always remaining unsatisfied.  How do we know he has conformed?  Helmholtz laughs at the very idea of family:  something that is antiquated.  Helmholtz is a product of this "brave new world."  Why is he unsatisfied?  Helmholtz is more intelligent than his world gives him credit for.  Poetry and sentiment isn't expressible in this world of instant gratification. 

You read and you’re pierced. That’s one of the things I try to teach my students ― how to write piercingly. But what on earth’s the good of being pierced by an article about a Community Sing, or the latest improvement in scent organs? ... Can you say something about nothing? That’s what it finally boils down to. I try and I...

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