Brave New World

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Brave New World Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Lenina thinks about how strange Bernard is. For instance, he prefers talking in private to playing Electro-magnetic golf! She remembers one night when they went to watch a women's wrestling match in Amsterdam. Bernard was gloomy, but refused to take any soma, saying he wanted to be himself. Flying back from Amsterdam he shut off the music, hovered over the wild ocean, and wished he were free of his conditioning. Lenina, shocked, repeated the hypnopaedic saying, "Everyone is happy nowadays" and begged him to take some soma.
Here are further examples of Bernard's individuality versus Lenina's full-strength conditioning. In fact, Lenina uses her conditioning and hypnopaedic sayings to protect herself from even really thinking about what Bernard is saying. Lenina is conditioned to avoid thinking.
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The Cost of Happiness Theme Icon
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In the end they went back to Bernard's and slept together. But he said he wished they hadn't done it on their first date, and added that the World State was full of intellectual adults and emotional children who want instant gratification. Lenina couldn't understand why Bernard would think this was bad.
As an individual, Bernard hates his slavery. As a conditioned World State citizen, Lenina loves her slavery.
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Dystopia and Totalitarianism Theme Icon
Technology and Control Theme Icon
The Cost of Happiness Theme Icon
Individuality Theme Icon
A few days later, Bernard asks the Director to sign the permit needed to visit the Savage Reservation. The Director remembers his own vacation on the reservation nearly twenty years earlier. During his trip, a storm separated him from his female companion, who disappeared. The Director realizes he's just let slip a terrible secret to Bernard. To hide his embarrassment, he chastises Bernard's recent non-infantile behavior, and says that if it continues Bernard will be reassigned to Iceland. With grim pleasure, Bernard thinks that now he's truly an outsider, standing up against society.
The Director is a bit of a hypocrite, spouting the conditioned morality of the World State on one hand, while threatening to punish Bernard in order to hide his own deviations from that morality. Bernard, meanwhile, enjoys his persecution because it is a sign of his individuality.
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Bernard and Lenina travel to the Reservation, which is surrounded by an electric fence so no one can escape. Just before they enter, Bernard calls Helmholtz, and learns to his horror and astonishment that the Director actually is planning to transfer him to Iceland. Now Bernard realizes he only enjoyed facing the Director's threat because he didn't think it would be carried out. Lenina convinces him to take soma. His worries fade away.
Bernard comes to a terrible realization about his own cowardice. It's the sort of realization that most World State members never have to face because they seldom think critically about anything and if they do, they just take soma to escape it. Bernard, who is always thinking, takes the soma.
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