The Caste System in Brave New World
Much like in the Indian caste system, where the classes are Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra, the highest to lowest ranks, equivalent to those in Brave New World. Aldous Huxley created Brave New World to have different castes: the Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Epsilons, and Deltas. Both caste systems are broken down into sub-groups. In Brave New World, each caste is broken into the “pluses” and “minuses” of the peoples, identified by the level of job one holds, such as a preacher or a manager.
In the Indian caste system, the different castes are classified by the physical appearance of the person. The higher-class people are expected to be taller, with fairer skin, and the lower class short, dark-skinned, and have wide noses (Béteille 49-50). The physical expectations are due to the consistencies in appearance in the existing castes. People of each caste conceive with only those of their same status, making the similar physicality probable. Aldous Huxley took this idea and applied it to each caste in his book. In the highest-level classes, Alpha and Beta, each person is produced to be tall and attractive. In the Gamma class, everyone is pretty average looking. The Delta and Epsilon classes contain short, horrific looking people.
The rituals and ways of life also differ in the Indian caste system. The Brahmin class, for example, mentally speaks pariseshanam (a prayer-like saying) before and after every meal. Those associated with lower classes cannot be introduced to these rituals due to their low status in society. The same type of class discrimination occurs in Brave New World. Only high-class people can have the upper level management jobs, can engage in sexual activities as much and as often as they like, and are permitted to travel to exotic places. All lower level castes (beginning with Gammas and below) are produced to serve the Alphas and Betas.
Béteille, André. "The Caste Structure." Caste, Class, and Power. Berkley: University of California. 1965. 45-102. Print.
Brave New World Introduction Essays
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BRAVE NEW WORLD
This novel was written by Aldous Huxley in 1932.
It is a fable about a world state in the 7th century A.F. (after Ford), where social stability is based on a scientific caste system. Human beings, graded from highest intellectuals to lowest manual workers, hatched from incubators and brought up in communal nurseries, learn by methodical conditioning to accept they social destiny. The action of the story develops round Bernard Marx, and an unorthodox and therefore unhappy alpha- plus ( something had presumably gone wrong with his antenatal treatment), who vivits a new Mexican Reservetion and brings a savage back to London. The savage is at first fascinated by the New World, but finally revolted, and his…show more content…
Different chasses exist- Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and so on- but their relations to each other and to society as awhole are stabilized by the painless technique of "sleep teaching" that demonstrates to each individual the manifest rightness of his or her place in the world.
Tall, witty, charismatic, conspicuosly handsome, a polymath, Aldous Huxley was an intellectual lighthouse for more than forty years. He wrote poetry ; drama ; screenplays ; journalism ; biography ; social, scientific and intellectual history ; he was a distinguished essayist, but above all else, he was a novelist. Judged early by critics and by a large popular audience as an original lamp of modern fiction, Huxley´s work is now best undestoos as a mirror that creatively distorts and reshapes two lines of the narrative tradition.
He was born in Godalming 1894,Surrey,and studied in Eton and Oxford University. He worked in various neewspaper and published four books of poems before appers his first published fictoin, Limbo (1920), which includes six stories and a brief play.In 1921 Huxley wrote his first novel, Crome Yellow. For the next 8 years Huxley published three novels. Each was followed by a collection of stories : Antic hay (1923), by Little Mexican (1924).The novel confirmed Huxley´s relationship with the postwae generation ; Those BarrenLeaves (1925) by Two or Three Graces (1926) ; (1930). and Point