Helmholtz Watson is our other Alpha caste member who recognizes that something is missing from his life and knows that he can do something better than taking writing hypnopaedic messages. He is a truer hero than Bernard, and even shows a point of depression though he is smarter, larger, and in all ways better than Bernard. He also is relates to John more than Bernard, though it can be argued that Bernard simply used John to save his own job and become more popular among the women of his city. Helmholtz attempts to understand the Shakespeare plays that John introduces to him, but to no avail, as even Helmholtz suffers from the conditioning restraint that has been put upon him, he is unable to understand the concept of love in Romeo and Juliet, or in Othello. Helmholtz could also be used as a foil of Bernard later in the novel.