Brave New World

2. Why is Bernard touched by Helmholtz’s magnanimity?

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Bernard's constant and petty interruption of John and Helmholtz’s conversations reflects his inferiority complex. Like a child, he will do anything to be the center of attention. He thus shows that he cannot extricate himself from the ideals of the society. By contrast, Helmholtz transitions from being a robotic, emotionless member of society to being a thinking, emotional individual. Bernard knows he can't compete with this guy but is still in awe of him.