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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
Summary Key Questions and Answers
Summary Key Questions and Answers

6) How are the castes different?

In the Alpha and Beta castes, embryos grow inside individual eggs, while in the other three castes, embryos grow by Bokanovsky’s Process, which the Director’s students understand to mean: “One egg, one embryo, one adult—normality. But a bokanovskified egg will bud, will proliferate, will divide.” Because of this process, people in the Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon castes grow in multiple identical units. The Director calls the process one of the “[m]ajor instruments of social stability” and touts the advantage: “Ninety-six identical twins working ninety-six identical machines!”