Mustapha Mond's Philosophy Of Art In Brave New World Analysis

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1) Mustapha Mond is saying that art can only exist if it has no meaning. Because of this, beautiful works of art have to be censored because people would not understand them. In other words, art has to be dumbed down for society. Mustapha is also trying to point out that the raw emotions expressed in art would lead to social instability, which goes against the World State’s motto of “Community, Identity, and Stability.” However, creating high art is not possible without adding elements of tragedy because that is what gives it meaning. To maintain stability, people have to create works of art inspired by nothing so they inspire nothing, but frankly, if art has no meaning then it is not even considered art. On top of that, pieces of high art …show more content…
Meaningful pieces such as Shakespeare are banned because the people in their society would not remotely understand it. This is because the stories written by Shakespeare are based on elements that do not exist in the World State. For example, when John read Romeo and Juliet aloud, Helmholtz began laughing uncontrollably because of “the mother and father (grotesque obscenity) forcing the daughter to have someone she didn’t want! And the idiotic girl not saying that she was having someone else whom (for the moment, at any rate) she preferred!” (Huxley 161). The people in the society of Brave New World do not have parents or lovers, and they are allowed to have anyone they want, whenever they want, so reading about something other than what they know is absurd to them. Also, tragedies like Othello, as mentioned in the book, are the products of tension in society, but tension does not exist in their community due to …show more content…
In the real world, we use art to express ourselves and we are very passionate about it. Our society has countless amounts of movies, books, paintings, songs, and so on that people put hard work into and are proud of. However, I have noticed that today, art is not as well thought out as it used to be. In particular, movies nowadays seem to follow a formula, and they contain more irrelevant and inappropriate content that a lot of people find to be funny. Old movies do not have those features, instead, they have more meaningful storylines. It was not easy to produce mass amounts of films back then like it is today, and because of that, society is now focusing on quantity over quality. The more movies being made, the more profit companies will receive, despite the fact that they may not be very spectacular. Like Mustapha Mond’s philosophy, newness is more important than value, which is exactly what movie producers are thinking. For example, they are more concerned about the special effects and making sure films are in high definition, instead of focusing on the actual storyline. Overall, it is not accurate to say that all movies are being made that way now because there are definitely still a lot of amazing ones, but I have noticed that a decent amount of them are becoming very

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