Social Stability In Brave New World

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In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, there exists a society were feelings, history, and parents are completely irrelevant. The reason why the society within the novel chooses to live without these is to obtain a “perfect” stable society. They believe that life with any of this can cause conflicts, wars, and insanity. However, I feel that social stability is not worth sacrificing real feelings and emotional attachments. “Community, Identity, Stability”. This is the motto of the emotionless society, the World State. The people of the World State are told to prevent feelings and emotional attachments from occurring in order to maintain social stability. This is heavily enforced upon the citizens by Mustapha Mond, a world controller. He believes…show more content…
Bernard Marx is one of those people. He feels believes that feelings aren’t completely worth the price to keep the society at a stable rate. He feels that monogamy should be allowed and that relationships should be made. This is why Bernard has always been the outcast of the “utopian” society. Bernard isn’t the only one in the World State that is confused; Helmholtz Watson is another citizen who is unsure of his society’s views. He asks Bernard if has ever felt “as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out?” (Huxley 69). This shows how Watson has been feeling about the World State and how he doesn’t quite fit in. Watson ends up writing rhymes that were against what his society’s views are. That is when Bernard realized that “Helmholtz had also come into conflict with Authority” (Huxley 180). Outside of the World State, in New Mexico, there is a savage reservation with local Native Americans. Among them is a woman named Linda who was once a part of the World State. Her son John questions and wonders about the World State since he’s never been there. His reaction when he finally arrives is surprised. He completely disagrees with the World State’s views and also feels that emotions should not be sacrificed to achieve a stable society. After John talks to Mustapha Mond about Othello, Helmholtz asks why he will never be able to write anything like the tragedies of Shakespeare. Mond replies with “Because our world is not the same as Othello’s world…The world’s stable now. People are happy; they get what they want and they never want what they can’t get…And if anything should go wrong, there’s always soma” (Huxley 220). Mustapha Mond compares their world to the world of Othello by describing their perfect utopian society. He mentions that if anything goes wrong, there’s always soma, which acts like an anti-depressant in the World State. After Mond realizes
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