Compare and contrast the caste system in Brave New World to the class system in our culture. Consider differences in neighborhoods, family incomes, schools, religious affiliations, race, and ethnicity. Discuss whether or not diverse groups in our society get more chances to interact than do the castes in the book.

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One of the problems with comparing a novel—especially one that uses "world creating," as Huxley's Brave New World does—is that such a fictional world, to make its points effectively, must simplify and streamline. Nevertheless, the question provokes thought. While our country (and I assume we are speaking of the US) is far more chaotic, dynamic, and churning than the World State, it is worthwhile to spend time pondering the likenesses.

Another caveat is that Huxley writes out of a British context, and British society has always been—and certainly was in 1929—much more organized into a rigid class (caste) system than our own. In England, too, however, there was and is more flux than we see in the novel.

Looking back to our own country, we have functioned, both formally and informally, according to a racial caste system that favors lighter-skinned people and disfavors darker skinned people. Even after former legal barriers to racial integration fell, cultural indoctrination has kept...

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