Brave New World/Castes

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(Each caste is split into "plus" and "minus" members.)

Alphas and Betas[edit]

Alphas and Betas are at the top of the caste system, and perform the more intellectual jobs. Unlike the lower castes, Alphas and Betas are not clones, allowing for more individual personalities. Alphas wear gray, and Betas wear mulberry. Examples of Alphas include Thomas, Henry Foster, Mustapha Mond, Bernard Marx, Benito Hoover, and Helmholtz Watson. Some Betas included Lenina Crowne, Fanny Crowne, and Linda.

Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons[edit]

The lower three castes do more menial and standardized work. As a result, they are usually clones. When being decanted, processes such as oxygen deprivation are used. Gammas wear green, Deltas wear khakis, and Epsilons wear black. Gammas, Deltas, and Episilons are conditioned to serve the higher ranking castes (Alpha and Beta). In Chapter 5, it states that "Everyone works for every one else. We can't do this without any one. Even Epsilons are useful. We couldn't do without Epsilons. Every one works for every one else. We can't do this with any one..."