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shabone | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM via web

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What is the purpose (or deeper meanings) of John's discussion with Mustapha near the end of the book?

I know that they discuss why you cannot have old art because it contrasts their current values, but what are the underlying deeper meanings that Huxley is trying to convey?

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jacob-black | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 1, 2011 at 8:42 AM (Answer #1)

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Huxley is trying to convey the idea of science vs religion vs politics. In the novel Mond argue with John that life  should be convinient and not let people feel pain. John argues that tears are neccesary and that humanity should grow and not be infintile. John, "but tears are neccesary." Or, "what you need is something with  tears for a change." This backs up my statement that people of the Brave New World are infatile and run away from their problems instead of facing them. Another way of how people are infantile is that they don't make their own decision and the government decides for them as well as providing them with pleasure and nice items. An example of this is Lenina,"a gramme is better than a damn...... One cubic centimetre will cure ten gloomy sentiments..... Everybody is happy nowdays." This opposes to John, who is quite religious,  to Mond's scientific way of keeping the society stable, but at the expense of people's freedom. This compare John's religious view against Mond's scientific and political views. Problem for both of them was they couldn't meet half way. Huxley uses the conversation between Mond and John to convey the idea of religion vs science and politics.

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