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In Brave New World, what caste is Lenina in?

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nika92 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2010 at 10:13 PM via web

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In Brave New World, what caste is Lenina in?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 16, 2010 at 10:31 PM (Answer #1)

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I have wondered that myself.  But I think what is going on is that not only each caste, but also each sub-caste has its own distinctive color.  Also, please note that Gammas do not wear mulberry.

In Chapter 4, Lenina is with Bernard and they are watching the shift change at a factory.  They are seeing all the people coming out.  The people she sees who are wearing mulberry are all Beta Minuses.

So, what I have concluded is that Lenina is simply a Beta without a "Minus."

As to the Gammas and green and Lenina's clothes, I have two guesses.  Either A) Huxley just lost track of his colors and no one noticed or B) her green clothes are a different shade than those worn by Gammas.

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 17, 2010 at 12:48 AM (Answer #2)

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Lenina is a Beta plus.  She is a foil for Linda, also a Beta (minus).

During the tour of the hatcheries we hear her voice in the background:

"… all wear green," said a soft but very distinct voice, beginning in the middle of a sentence, "and Delta Children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I'm so glad I'm a Beta."

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