What are physical descriptions of the characters of Lenina Crowne and Hemholtz Watson from Brave New World?  I have searched in the book and I just cannot find a physical description of either of them. Any help would be appreciated.

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As the previous educators have noted, there are very few references to Lenina’s and Helmholtz’s physical appearance. I think the lack of description is worth noting because it reveals something bigger about the society depicted in the novel.

Remember that the society in this novel is strongly segregated into five different castes. Each caste has a different job to do, and is bred exclusively for that purpose. Lenina, for example, is part of the beta caste, meaning that she has an elevated social position. Helmhotz is an alpha. He is at the very pinnacle of the social structure, even higher than Lenina.

Arguably, their physical appearances are less important (and, therefore, rarely mentioned) because this society focuses on the group, not the individual. This society is geared towards creating a shared identity for each caste, which helps to bond its members together. If it focused on the individual, then the caste would become less important and, as a result, the goal of the greater...

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