Mustapha Mond Character Analysis (Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)
Mustapha Mond, or the Director of Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World, has created the World State to produce the ideal society built upon the ideals of structure and stability inspired by the concepts of Henry Ford’s mass production. By doing so, Mond has removed all aspects of mortality that are possible to remove. However, are the sacrifices given to reach this ideal society worth losing the beauties of life? Through Mond’s creation of his ideal society, he has caused more damage to society than repairing it.
In the novel, A Brave New World, Mustapha Mond serves as the head director in London, England. Mustapha is in charge of all the citizens and the functions of life in London. Mond’s primary goal is to provide stability and structure. To do so, Mond has modeled the societal structure off of the ideals of Henry Ford’s concept of mass production. This means all citizens are made through advanced technology and not regular reproduction. Each caste of society is genetically modified to have the same role and same physical features. The central aspect of Mond’s community is the removal of all things related to individuality. Mustapha had removed things like art, books, and anything that has elements of mortality embellished. In the “New World,” the people are desensitized to things like death and sadness. The people also do not accept the concept of family and pregnancy because they have been conditioned to think so. The main aspects of Mond’s society are to work, have sex, follow your orders, and not question anything.
In this society, several people cannot conform to the conditions of the “New World.” For example, Bernard struggles to accept society’s norms, such as taking soma to be happy. Bernard questions the purpose of his role in society and his purpose, which will later cause much havoc between him and the other citizens. Because of Mond’s created ideal society, many people are not exposed to the aspects of mortality. For example, pain, love, beauty, and art. The citizens are instead desensitized to create structure, but at what cost? In Mond’s mind, he has done what he thought was best; however, his “New World” has caused citizens much pain and destruction.
In the book, a character named John the Savage has not been raised in London but on a reservation that is not structured the same as Mond’s society. There are families, individuality, pain, sorrow, art, beauty, and religion in John’s home. John has been exposed to all aspects of mortality, unlike the citizens in London. John serves as a symbol of art, beauty, and human life in the past. John’s mother, however, was raised in London and, by accident, was left on the reservation being pregnant with John. John’s mother had taught him all the ways of her home and sadly had consumed herself with alcohol because she was excluded because of her views. John had not been accepting of the “New World” way because, to him, the practices of the “New World” had destroyed his mother. Later in the story, John travels to the “New World” and is first astounded by the are but later becomes driven to madness due to the ways of the “New World.” John will later resort to isolation to escape life in the “New World” and eventually commits suicide. The inclusion of John in the story highlights the effects of commonality and censorship in society and how that affects people. If it were not for the technology in the World State, the community would not exist. We know this based on John’s reactions when he was exposed to the society lead by Mond.
In the novel, a character who is considered vapid can reveal the World State’s societal structure’s negative consequences. Lenina Crowe is a well-liked character in her environment. Lenina does not stay from the societal norms and does not have any complexity-this is due to her acceptance of the World States ways and her refusal to think for herself. Lenina’s main contribution to the novel is John’s love interest, who later punished himself for his lust for Lenina. Lenina provides an in-depth look at the psychological aspects of a compliant citizen in the World State. Lenina follows all the rile and keeps true to her conditioning. Lenina has no individuality, which is a direct consequence of Mond’s removal of things, such as art and religion. Lenina reminds the audience of the need for individuality to have complexity, and with complexity comes diversity. Through diversity, one can share different experiences with others, and if accepting, each individual can get along to keep stability with one another.