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Helmholtz Watson

» handsome and successful Alpha-plus lecturer/writer at the College of Emotional Engineering. Helmholtz is a friend of Bernard and John. He is restive at the stifling conformism and philistinism of the World State. Not least, he feels unfulfilled writing endless propaganda doggerel. Helmholtz is ultimately exiled to an Island - a cold asylum for disaffected Alpha-plus non-conformists - after reading a heretical poem to his students on the virtues of solitude.
» a mental giant

Bernard Marx

» a sleep-learning specialist at the Hatchery and Conditioning Centre. Bernard is a misfit. He is unusually short for an Alpha; an accident with alcohol in Bernard's blood-surrogate before his decanting has left him slightly stunted. Bernard's independence of mind stems more from his inferiority-complex and depressive nature than any depth of philosophical conviction. Unlike his fellow utopians, Bernard is often angry, resentful and jealous. At times, he is also cowardly and hypocritical. His conditioning is clearly incomplete. He doesn't enjoy communal sports, solidarity services, or promiscuous sex. He doesn't even get much joy out of soma. Bernard is in love with the highly beddable Lenina. He doesn't like her sleeping with other men, though in BNW "everyone belongs to everyone else". Bernard's triumphant return to utopian civilisation with John the Savage from the Reservation precipitates the downfall of the Director, who had been planning to exile him. Bernard's triumph is short-lived. Success goes to his head. Despite his tearful pleas, he is ultimately banished to an Island for his non-conformist behaviour.
» a highly intelligent but introverted and ugly Alpha plus scientist
» The popular theory is that too much alcohol was accidentally put into his blood-surrogate when he was a fetus

John the savage

» a young savage who was discovered in an indian reservation
» the illicit son of the DHC and Linda
» he is naive as well as intensively moralic
» he has read nothing but the complete works of William Shakespeare
» he quotes Shakespear all the time
» he falls romantically in love with Lenina
» he has been brought up in a society of natural birth, love, religion and family life
» he tries to enlighten the BNW-society by preventing them to take Soma - but it fails
» in the end he lives isolated and finally commits suicide
»»» What does "the savage" means?
= the noble savage / the noble wild boy (very close to nature, outside the civilisation without bondages)
» "uncivilized"
» without bondages and possessions
» "noble", because he is helpful, courageous and brave, friendly as well as unprejudiced
» he lives in a natural surrounding
» uneducated
The savage is uncivilized, because he lives with different standards then we do.
It's a romantic life, because it is a life without modern problems
John's rebellion against BNW
» has nothing to lose in the rebellion
» free from personal bonds / after Linda's death
» disillusioned by the superficiality
» in a fit of rage, in a rebellious mind
» understands their fate and tsupidity
» has a message, wants to rescue the Deltas from their dependence
» his mission cannot but fail

Lenina Crowne

» a young, beautiful and sexually liberated Beta. Lenina is a popular and promiscuous vaccination-worker at the Hatchery and Conditioning Centre. Somewhat quirky - she normally dates only one person at a time - Lenina is basically happy and well-conditioned. She uses soma to suppress unwelcome emotions. Lenina has a date with Bernard, to whom she feels ambivalently attracted; and she goes to the Reservation with him. On returning with relief to civilisation, she tries and fails to seduce John the Savage. The Savage loves and desires Lenina; but owing to his quixotic nature, he is repelled by her forwardness and the prospect of pre-marital sex. So he casts her aside as an "impudent strumpet".
» a typical Beta girl - very pretty, superficial and promiscous -, who works in the London Hatchery and Conditioning Center


» John's mother
» a Beta-minus
» likes being civilized
» had sex with lots of men
» taken to the reservation by the DHC
» a sloppy and ugly middle-aged woman
» to the people at the reservation she does not behave normal
» in the civilized world she was a beautiful woman
» she loved her son when he was a child and didn't want her lover to touch him
» becomes sloppy & ugly & addicted to alcohol on the reservation
» wants to go back to the civilized world because she is an outsider
» feels ashamed of being pragnant
» consumes too much Soma when she is back in the civilized world
» die's thereafter

Mustapha Mond

» Resident World Controller of Western Europe. He presides over one of the ten zones of the World State, the global government set up after the cataclysmic Nine Years' War and great Economic Collapse. Sophisticated and good-natured, His Fordship is an urbane and hyperintelligent apologist for Brave New World and its velvet-gloved totalitarianism. Mond defends BNW's ethos of "Community, Identity, Stability" by comparing his harmonious post-Fordist civilisation with the horrors of the suppressed historical past. In his youth, Mond had himself flirted with doing illicit scientific research and heterodox belief. He still keeps a small library of forbidden books in his safe. Yet he opted for training as a future world leader rather than exile. The Controller argues that art, literature and scientific freedom must be sacrificed in order to secure the ultimate utilitarian goal of maximising societal happiness. He defends the genetic caste system, behavioural conditioning and the lack of personal freedom in the World State as a price worth paying for achieving social stability. Stability is the highest social virtue because it leads to lasting happiness.
» formerly a physicist, now one of the ten World Controllers

Thomas / 'Tomakin', 'The Director', D.H.C.

» long chin, rather prominent teeth (straight from the horses mouth)
» just covered, when he was not talking, by his full, floridly curved lips
» age hard to say (30-55)
» tall and thin
» good tempered, but with a "threatening attitude
» self-important: showing that he is an authority
» straight forward
contrasts: the more stupid students are the more the D.H.C. become more inteligent
» "Tomakin", as Linda calls him
» seems at first a strictly conventional man, absolutely conservative in his outlook and demeanor
» Respectful to superiors, snappish - even cruel - with anti-social inferiors like Bernard
» he upholds the highest standards of brave new world morality
» with the D.H.C., Huxley emphasizes the connection of fear of discovery with hypocrisy
Pomopus administrator/director of the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre in the year 632AF. The Director runs a futuristic baby-factory where the assembly-line production of genetic castes is streamlined and controlled, and maturing youngsters are brainwashed via neo-Pavlovian conditioning and hypnopaedia ["sleep-learning"] into being happy with their state-allotted roles in life. The Director is an intelligent but orthodox-minded Alpha; he frowns on Bernard's individualism. His manner is charmless, self-important and didactic. The Director is disgraced after a sordid sex-scandal in his past is revealed. It transpires he is father of John the Savage, conceived after he impregnated Linda on a trip to the New Mexico Savage Reservation.

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