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In Brave New World, Lenina Crowne is a Beta, so why is she always wearing green?

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emgarner | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted March 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM via web

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In Brave New World, Lenina Crowne is a Beta, so why is she always wearing green?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 19, 2012 at 2:49 PM (Answer #1)

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There does seem to be some inconsistency here, as Lenina is a Beta Plus who does wear green. If we remember how the children in this future world are trained to accept their station in life, we can see that in theory at least each caste has its own colour that it wears religiously:

Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever... Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki...

Maybe we can conclude from this that Huxley merely got confused with his colours at various points in the novel or that Lenina, as a Beta Plus, wears different colours from the rest of normal Betas. Either way, do not let the colour of her clothing detract from the way that she is presented and viewed in this novel as a sex object, both by herself and others, which the opening chapters make very clear.

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