Before we started reading this book my brother warned me it was a strange story. After finishing it I understand what he was telling me. This book had many things That were messed up in it. From the time when scientists were conditioning the children to hate flowers and books, to the time when John Savage started whipping himself and a woman. There were many times that this book made me question what I was reading and why I was reading it. Even though this book had many… strange events it also had some interesting things as well. My favourite part in this book was when the three men; Bernard, Helmholtz, and John the savage all were together talking to the controller Mustapha Mond. I liked this part in the book because after questioning why all of these rules were put in place in this society, we finally got some answers. One specific part in this book really stuck to me, when Mond was talking with John and Helmholtz about love stories. John and Helmholtz wanted stories and movies to be more passionate like Othello, but Mond persisted saying:
“Our world is not the same as Othello’s world. You can’t make flivvers without steel-and you can’t make tragedies without social instability; they get what they want, and they never want what they can’t get. They’re well off; there safe; they’re never ill; they’re not afraid of death; they are blissfully, ignorant of passion and old age; there plagued with no mothers or fathers; they’ve got no wives, or children, or lovers, to feel strongly about; there so condition that they practically can’t help behaving as they are to behave. And if anything should go wrong, there’s soma.” (p. 193-194)
After reading this I realized why the world in this book was the way it was, Mond made me realize that even thought this sounds like a horrible place to us from the outside, from the inside it might be better than we think. Even though the citizens don’t get to experience things that give us pleasure like passion and love they do have something that we do not, they never have to worry about anything really, all of their problems have been solved, and they just live their life. After reading thing book, I am questioning what a perfect world would be like; a world with equip ups and downs or a world with no passion and choice.