Writing Assignment 5 Final

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Xu 1 Yue Xu Margaret E. Haun English 105 U1 April 4, 2010 Huxley’s Brave New World: Bernard the hypocrite Bernard Marx, Alpha plus specialist in hypnopaedia, appears as the first individual with mental activity in Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World. Though gloomy and depressed, Bernard possesses strong human emotions such as jealousy, anger, and strong desire for an unreachable object—Lenina. Because he is the developer and executive of psychological conditioning, he holds judgments towards values and behaviors of majority people in the World State. However, as soon as he returns from the Reservation and discovers John the Savage, the dramatic rise in social status and popularity stunt him, and make him participate in many aspect of World State entertainment and embrace the World State’s ideology. The drastic fall later on in a public event and his pleading attitude in contrast with the other two rebels, Helmholzs and John, reveals his final identity—a hypocrite. Sigmund Freud’s theory of defense mechanism and homeostasis of id, ego, and superego explain clearly the dynamics of Bernard’s actions and change in attitude towards the values and regulations in World State. Sigmund Freud’s structural and topographical models of personality states that we are born with our id which satisfy our basic needs according to the pleasure principle; our ego develops to satisfy the demand of id under the condition of reality; we gradually possess superego which
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course ENG 106 taught by Professor Connors during the Spring '06 term at University of Miami.

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