Examples Of The Provocations Of Lenina In Brave New World

714 Words3 Pages

“The Provocations of Lenina in Huxley Brave New World” David Leon Higdon, author of “The Provocations of Lenina in Huxley Brave New World,” describes Huxley in his novels as a misogynistic but contradicts himself with the creation of Lenina in Brave New World. Based on Huxley previous novels he often expresses his dislike in humanity, creating this world where women are always seen as either savages or dangerous predators. David Higdon provides key evidence explaining how Lenina causes a great threat to Huxley’s novel Brave New World. Because of her femininity, she is unknowledge and unnoticed as a strong character. Causing a controversy on how she can be proclaimed to be more heroic …show more content…

All the women are depicted as being aimless, while the men are portrayed as being thinkers of society. For example, Fanny character is weak because it only shows how much of a “good citizen” she is by following every rule in the book. Another character that may have caused a bit of controversy is Linda, John’s mother, despite the odds being against her she manages to survive the savage world after so many years but then gets killed off by Huxley with old age. Not only are women weak characters in the novel, but they are only seen as sex objects. Lenina is the only strong female character who is unnoticed of her role, because Huxley describe her to be physically “pneumatic” factoring out her actions. Towards the end of the novel Huxley, “virtually humiliate[d] her… becomes nothing more than a mouthpiece to play the most conventional platitudes off against Bernard’s adolescent attempts to shock her…Lenina becomes but one more Huxleyian sexual predator. (Higdon)” because Huxley realized the potential of the character of …show more content…

Higdon shows her as a strong heroine by pointing two major things. One, why does Lenina Crowne frequently wear green? If in the “case system of Brave New World emphatically signals status, intelligence, and worth through the colors prescribe for males and females…(Higdon)” Each caste has a specific color dress code that they must follow. Lenina being a beta, would think that she must wear mulberry or maroon color clothing but instead she is frequently wearing green, the color of the gammas. Note in the novel Lenina hates gammas, she expresses her discuss on how low class they are and glad she is not one of them, yet she wears “green corduroy shorts…green-and-white jockey cap [and her] bright green shoes. (Huxley)” Clearly Lenina is making a statement. Even if she hates the gammas Lenina will keep wearing the color green, because that color pleases her and no one will stop her from wearing it. Second, Lenina has been dating Henry Foster for four months. Lenina provokes the critique from her friend Fanny telling her, “you’re hopeless…[o]ne of these days…you’ll get in trouble. (Huxley)” The way of the Fordian world is to have sextual intercourse with whom everyone pleases, as long as they are not toghter for longer then a couples of days, this preventing for anyone to fall in love. Higdon proofs of how Lenina desires love, which is against the Fordian-way. Huxley even emphasize in Lenina

Open Document