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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
Summary Key Questions and Answers
Summary Key Questions and Answers

14) What issues does John debate with Helmholtz and Mustapha, the Controller?

John asks why books are prohibited, and the Controller (Mustapha) replies, “Particularly when they’re beautiful. Beauty’s attractive, and we don’t want people to be attracted by old things. We want them to like the new ones.” The Controller explains why even Shakespeare could no longer be written—“you can’t make tragedies without social instability.” The three men then debate the relationship among happiness, liberty, and stability. The Controller defends the need to keep the population ignorant, calling truth a “menace,” and science a “public danger.” John and the Controller also debate the nature and meaning of God.