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Why Doesnt Lenina like their Indian Guide?

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kamiellelevy4 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 14, 2012 at 2:56 AM via web

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Why Doesnt Lenina like their Indian Guide?

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yaday | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM (Answer #1)

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In chapter 7 of Brave New World, Lenina is overcome by a scenery which she feels is bleak and which, in turn, translates to any indigenous person to be looked down upon and considered inferior. When she and Bernard are being taken to the pueblo, she quietly mentions she doesn't like the guide because he's queer and smells, and that "the very back of the man, as he walked along before them, was hostile, sullenly contemptuous"(Chapter 7).   In the World State, Lenina is used to a sterile environment where youth and perfection are held to the highest degree.  However, at Malpais, the atmosphere is organic:  people age, become sick and things are dirty. So, Lenina's disgust for the guide is more a reflection of her total distaste of walking through Malpais and experiencing the air filled with dust/filth, noise and foreign culture.     

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