Community, Identity, Stability In A Brave New World By Aldous Huxley

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In Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World, Mustapha Mond highly values stability and bases the liberty citizens should have off of that concept. While in Chekhov’s “The Man in the Case,” Byelikov similarly feels the same and in a way also controls people’s life like Mustapha Mond. Although the examples within the stories may seem exaggerated, stability is a concept most strive to be able to achieve, along with happiness. Some types of stability are important to a degree, just as well as exposure to instability is also important in achieving happiness. The only stabilities that are necessary in pursuing happiness are financial security and the identification and confidence in one's self. These stabilities are needed in assuring happiness because …show more content…
Mustapha Mond was someone who was clearly obsessed with attaining complete stability. The motto of the World State, meant for everyone to take in and embody is, “Community, Identity, Stability,” (Huxley 16). There is a designed irony behind the words of this motto. Community: The connotation of the word has a warm friendly appeal, a group in which one can rely on and expect support, is given a new meaning with the purpose now being to evoke everyone to be like the rest - unison. There is no good-natured atmosphere like there is in most communities, but rather the word elicits the sense of a threat to be like everyone else. Next in the motto is identity which has the most detectable irony because everyone is made to be the same, so there is no sense of identity. Lastly there is stability which is the only word left that stands to the actual meaning, but in an overwhelming access where if it is not achieved then there is an immense amount of damage created then there would be if there was not so much emphasis put on it. It is important to understand the meaning behind the motto because then one is able to understand Mustapha Mond’s definition of stability which according to him is the key to happiness. In reference to how things used to be run before stability and before people's freedoms were …show more content…
His own mannerism wasn't even stable itself but anxious. For example, “At the teachers meeting he simply oppressed us with his caution, his circumspection, and his characteristic reflection… oh he hoped nothing would come of it,” (Chevloyc 2). Although Byelokiv endorsed stability, he was not stable within himself. He had an overwhelming concern that “something would come of it” and even though he had no confidence in himself, he did in the laws because the intent is to benefit the citizens. Doing so he forced his insecurities and precautions onto everyone else with the intentions to snitch if the rules were not followed. In this way he was oppressing the people, almost like a dictator, by everyone being aware of the potential freedom they could hold but instead succumbing to Byelokiv’s containment. Their state of mind changes as well because they cannot enjoy themselves like they would normally so similar to the people in Brave New World they lose their distinctiveness along with their happiness. And although the people are experiencing stability they are unquestionably despondent because they cannot experience the joy of free

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