Brave New World By Aldous Huxley

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In Aldous Huxley's novel, "Brave New World" he introduces a character named, Bernard Marx an alpha part of the upper higher class who does not quite fit in. Bernard is cursed by the surrounding rumors of something going wrong during his conditioning that he becomes bitter and isolates himself from those around him in the World State. Huxley's character experiences both alienation and enrichment to being exiled from a society that heavily relies on technology and forms of entertainment with little to no morals.
According to Palestinian American literary theorist and cultural critic Edward Said quoted, "Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the ...view middle of the document...

Bernard truly is alone in the World State, he tries to gain popularity by traveling to the Reservation and befriending John but only to use him later on immediately losing his newfound popularity. In the end no matter how hard Bernard tries to fit in to a society that relies on technology, drugs such as SOMA, and processing children from an assembly line, are all causes for his alienation because he just can't join.
Although Bernard is an exile he does benefit and experience enrichment from being alienated to society. Edward Said wrote, "exile can become a 'potent, even enriching' experience." Since Bernard is an Alpha, he is able to reason and experience dissatisfaction with his situation, unlike other social levels, ultimately allowing him to see an unbalanced world. Even though Bernard is an Alpha, he was never completely accepted as one because of the rumors people made up that claimed alcohol was in his blood surrogate. However, it is easier for him to understand his society’s lower class. With his Alpha reasoning he is able to understand how the Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons are being manipulated to serve as things like Hatchery Robots with lives controlled by a person of higher power. Bernard gains knowledge and understanding of classes that most Alphas do not care about. He understands the system and how the government is manipulating their citizens by using technology such as: ectogenesis, hypnopaedia, SOMA, and decanting. With this new level of...

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