What are some of the major differences between Mustapha Mond and John the Savage ?Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Mustapha Mond, whose first name is an epithet for Mohammed, meaning "the chosen one," and whose last name is like the French word for "world," is one of the ten World Controllers.  John the Savage is from another place called the Reservation.  Clearly,they are products of two different worlds.

  • John has been born of woman and has lived a life in old world values, albeit rather primitive as he has engaged in Indian rituals.  Mustapha Mond is a product of the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Center and has been genetically engineered.
  • John is not willing to sacrifice life's struggles to soma.  Mond has; he says that in the New World there are no losses to compensate for and youthful desires never fail.
  • John wants real ethics; Mond settles for situation ethics, contending that without any obstacles to overcome, there is no need for nobility and heroism.
  • John wants tragedies; Mond says tragedies cause social instability.
  • John want truth and beauty; Mond says, "Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can't"
  • John is a romantic; Mond is a cold realist.
  • John is not cruel; Mond is.  He refuses to let John go to an island like Helmholtz and Bernard because he wants to continue the experiment with John.
  • John the Savage is truly human; Mustapha Mond understands what humanity is and loves to read the Bible and Shakespeare, but he is willing to sacrifice his humanity for social stability.
  • John is trapped; Mond chooses his own world.


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