Brave New World
“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness” -Frank Tyger
In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the conflict between happiness and free while surfaces and creates a question of what would you compromise to achieve happiness at its highest level, a utopia. The idea of a utopia is extremely idealistic because attempts to achieve utopia often in turn have dystopian effects. A utopia for most people includes personal happiness and free will where a dystopia includes suffering and oppression. In trying to create a utopian society there becomes this apparent conflict between happiness and free will and ultimately Mustapha Mond, the controller of this brave new world, is forced to choose. In the end, implementing the regulation of a societies free will along with the manipulation of ones basic emotions with the intentions of creating a utopian society will in turn have an adverse effect and form a dystopian world. Mustapha Mond, is villonized for most of the book but when he finally reveals his identity and he sheds light on the matter at hand in his decision to create the world state how it is, his humanity becomes apparent. Mustapha’s was confronted with a task so overbearing that it is difficult to come to conclusion of what would be best for a society. He had two options; he could create a society with total free will where people would be guaranteed oppression of suffering and emotional turmoil or he could create a world state where everyone was conditioned to be happy, a life free from worries and suffering, but freedom itself must be sacrificed. Mustapha says, “Happiness is a hard master—particularly other people’s happiness. As much if one isn’t conditioned to accept it unquestioningly, than true”(Huxley 227). Here it becomes evident that in deciding witch type of society to create, Mustapha was just trying to do what was best for people by doing what he thought would insure eternal happiness for everyone. Weather...
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