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Tracking Bernard

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A character can often display moments of growth, areas of strength and even weaknesses throughout a novel. In Brave New World, which of the following quotes and statements is an example of how we can determine the pathway of Bernard's individual growth or lack thereof? Choose all that apply.

A

Bernard is speaking to Helmholtz and he is "looking uncomfortably foolish" because he seems to feel like people are watching him. He justifies his paranoia by saying, "If you knew what I'd had to put up with recently...if you only knew!"

B

Lenina and Fanny are speaking to one another about Bernard when Fanny condemns him based on his reputation with horror in her voice because of her friend's choice of company. Lenina replies that she doesn't know why "people are so beastly to him...he's rather sweet."

C

"'Talking about her as though she were a bit of meat.' Bernard ground his teeth. 'Have her here, have her there...'" Bernard is carrying on a conversation with Henry Porter, and he is expressing his discontent with the way women are viewed and treated.

D

Because of the Director's extreme disapproval of Bernard and his actions, he pointedly embarrasses him by saying, "this man who stands before you here, this Alpha-Plus to whom so much has been given...has grossly betrayed the trust imposed in him. By his heretical views on sport and soma, by the scandalous unorthodoxy of his sexlife, by his refusal to obey the teachings of Our Ford and behave out of office hours..."

E

Once John refuses to continue making public appearances, the rest of society began to talk about Bernard. "As for the women, they indignantly felt that they had been had on false pretenses--had by a wretched little man who had alcohol poured into his bottle by mistake..."