An Alpha male who by some chance is physically much smaller than Alphas are supposed to be. Bernard's small stature has given him an inferiority complex. As a result, he feels like an outsider to World State society for that reason is more self-conscious and more of an individual than other citizens of the World State. This outsider status and individuality allows Bernard both to recognize and criticize the flaws of the World State. But his inferiority complex also makes him defensive, resentful, jealous, cowardly, and quick to boast.
The Brave New World quotes below are all either spoken by Bernard Marx or refer to Bernard Marx. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Perennial edition of Brave New World published in 2006.).
Chapter 8 Quotes
"O brave new world," he repeated. "O brave new world that has such people in it. Let's start at once."
Chapter 10 Quotes
The greater a man's talents, the greater his power to lead astray. It is better that one should suffer than that many should be corrupted. Consider the matter dispassionately, Mr. Foster, and you will see that no offence is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behavior. Murder kills only the individual-and, after all, what is an individual?
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The timeline below shows where the character Bernard Marx appears in Brave New World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...do their work. The people call out in ecstasy to the coming "Great Being." Only Bernard hears nothing. He fakes his excitement. Loudspeakers start to chant "orgy-porgy," and an orgy starts. (full context)
...Hatchery, the Director discusses with Henry Foster his plan to make a public example of Bernard and send him to Iceland. Bernard enters the Fertilizing Room, where the Director had told... (full context)