Argue for, or against, the following position: in both Brave New World and The Tempest, the concept of the “Illusion of Justice” plays heavily throughout each story.

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I would agree with the claim that the illusion of justice plays heavily throughout both works.

In Brave New World , the controllers, such as Mustapha Mond, believe they have socially engineered a perfect world in which everyone is happy. They also believe they are giving people exactly what they...

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I would agree with the claim that the illusion of justice plays heavily throughout both works.

In Brave New World, the controllers, such as Mustapha Mond, believe they have socially engineered a perfect world in which everyone is happy. They also believe they are giving people exactly what they want. As Mond explains to John the Savage, after the Nine Years' War people were willing to trade their freedom for security and material well-being. Mond uses this as his reason for manipulating the entire population from birth to death into being exactly as he wants them to be. However, this is unjust because the people themselves have no say in what is being done to them and, for the most part, little awareness of the extent to which they are being controlled.

In The Tempest, Prospero plays a similarly godlike role to Mond's, using his superior power to manipulate his shipwrecked enemies as if they are his puppets. They don't know what is being done to them or who is pulling the strings, just as the citizens of the World State are largely oblivious to who is making decisions for them. Like Mond, Prospero believes he is meting out justice. However, also like Mond, the people who are the victims of his experiment have no say in what is happening to them. They are not being tried by a jury—Prospero has already decided their guilt. Mond does not consider the citizens under his control guilty of crimes, but at the same time he will unjustly deny them any decision-making power over their lives.

However, unlike in Brave New World, Prospero sees the error of his ways and practices mercy towards those in his power, while Mond and the other controllers let their system go on.

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