Brave New World

Helmholtz Watson Character Analysis

Helmholtz is the opposite of Bernard: he is the perfect embodiment of an Alpha male. But just as Bernard's imperfections make him an individual, Helmholtz's perfection makes him individual. Everything in life comes so easily to Helmholtz—from women, to physical prowess, to professional achievement—that he comes to believe there is more to life. In looking for ways to challenge himself, he realizes the limitations that the World State imposes on its citizens. Unlike Bernard, who often seems to be compensating for his insecurities, Helmholtz is generous, kind, and fun-loving.

Helmholtz Watson Quotes in Brave New World

The Brave New World quotes below are all either spoken by Helmholtz Watson or refer to Helmholtz Watson. 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:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers 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."
Related Characters: John (the Savage) (speaker), Bernard Marx, Helmholtz Watson, Lenina Crowne
Related Symbols: Shakespeare
Page Number: 139
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Chapter 12 Quotes
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Related Characters: Helmholtz Watson (speaker)
Related Symbols: Shakespeare
Page Number: 185
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Chapter 15 Quotes
"Free, free!" the Savage shouted, and with one hand continued to throw the soma into the area while, with the other, he punched the indistinguishable faces of his assailants. "Free!" And suddenly there was Helmholtz at his side–"Good old Helmholtz!"—also punching—"Men at last!"—and in the interval also throwing the poison out by handfuls through the open window. "Yes, men! men!" and there was no more poison left. He picked up the cash-box and showed them its black emptiness. "You're free!"
Howling, the Deltas charged with a redoubled fury.
Related Characters: John (the Savage) (speaker), Helmholtz Watson
Page Number: 213
Explanation and Analysis:

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Helmholtz Watson Character Timeline in Brave New World

The timeline below shows where the character Helmholtz Watson appears in Brave New World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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Bernard flies off to see his friend Helmholtz Watson. Helmholtz is the perfect Alpha-plus. He's stellar at his job, desired by women, and... (full context)
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Helmholtz and Bernard discuss the dilemma of their individuality (though Bernard doesn't mention his jealousy of... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...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... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The Cost of Happiness Theme Icon
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...him popular and important. He takes full advantage, sleeping with many women. He also thinks Helmholtz is jealous, when really Helmholtz is dismayed because behind Bernard's back, the people being friendly... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...party, Bernard goes back to being his old self: nervous, alone, melancholy. The Savage and Helmholtz accept his apologies (Bernard is a little jealous that they can be so forgiving). Meanwhile,... (full context)
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Helmholtz and the Savage like each other immensely, and Helmholtz is mesmerized by Shakespeare. Romeo and... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Bernard and Helmholtz get a phone call telling them what the Savage is doing. They hurry to the... (full context)
Dystopia and Totalitarianism Theme Icon
Technology and Control Theme Icon
The Cost of Happiness Theme Icon
...arrive, they spray soma vapor into the air to quiet the Deltas. The police take Helmholtz and the Savage into custody. Bernard tries to slip away, but the police take him... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Helmholtz, John, and Bernard are brought to Mustapha Mond's study. Helmholtz is cheerful. Bernard is nervous... (full context)
Dystopia and Totalitarianism Theme Icon
The Cost of Happiness Theme Icon
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...people who are too individual to be satisfied with life in the World State live. Helmholtz wonders why Mond didn't go to an island. Mond says he chose to become a... (full context)
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Mond asks Helmholtz what sort of island he'd like to live on. Helmholtz decides on an island with... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Helmholtz and Bernard return. Mond is gone. They hear the Savage retching in the bathroom. He... (full context)