Who is Helmholtz Watson? Explain how his character acts as a foil for Bernard Marx. What do the two men have in common? What is the basis for their friendship?
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Watson is an Alpha-Plus with too much intelligence. He is a friend of Bernard Marx because both he and Marx are outsiders within the society. They both lament the superficial and vacuous society they live in. Both seem poised to break the rules. Watson eventually writes a poem that gets him in trouble. He quickly falls in love with John's Shakespearean verses before leaving to live in the Falkland Islands.