Imperfection in Brave New World Essay

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Imperfection in Perfection in the Brave New World In the dystopic novel Brave New World sacrifices are made to obtain a perfect society based on ignorance and conformity rather than acceptance and freedom. From the passage in chapter 16: “Because our world is not the same” to “Happiness is never grand” (193-195), Aldous Huxley exploits the different views on happiness regarding one of the world controllers: Mustapha Mond, and John the savage. This is done in order to show that a perfect world cannot exist without using imperfect methods, art becomes imperfect in a perfect world, and no matter how perfect a society appears to be, in reality it is different. In this passage Huxley explains how perfection must co-exist with imperfection, through the theme development of perfection. Mustapha Mond tries to make John realize that society in the World State is better off without changes. Mustapha Mond claims “[society] is well off; they’re safe; they’re never ill, they’re not afraid of death,” his statement puts him at odds with what John believes to be an ideal society. Mustapha Mond tries to further enhance his argument by exclaiming how soma is available, should anything go wrong. However, the very irony of soma being available as a back-up plan for any potential mishaps, is in the fact of the possibilities of those potential mishaps occurring in a ‘perfect’ society. Thus, there must be forms of imperfections occurring in the World State. Moving on Mustapha Mond conveys his reasons to why sacrifices were made, and how they impact other people’s happiness. Nevertheless, freedoms of individuals, and relationships, were abolished to achieve happiness. The imperfection of sacrifices was used to gain perfection in terms of stability and happiness, but then to what extent is happiness really achieved? It is true imperfection exists alongside perfection,

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