Brave New World

Mustapha Mond Character Analysis

One of the ten World Controllers of the World State. Mond was once a physicist who loved truth and science so much that he carried out some secret experiments. He was then given the choice of becoming either a World Controller or going to an Island where he could continue his experiments. Mond chose to become a World Controller, and while he has read Shakespeare and loves truth, throughout the novel he holds up happiness and stability as more important than, and mutually exclusive of, love or truth.

Mustapha Mond Quotes in Brave New World

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Chapter 3 Quotes
You all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk.
Related Characters: Mustapha Mond (speaker)
Related Symbols: Ford
Page Number: 34
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Chapter 16 Quotes
The world's stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get... And if anything should go wrong, there's soma.
Related Characters: Mustapha Mond (speaker)
Page Number: 220
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You've got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art.
Related Characters: Mustapha Mond (speaker)
Related Symbols: Shakespeare
Page Number: 220
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Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.
Related Characters: Mustapha Mond (speaker)
Page Number: 221
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Chapter 17 Quotes
There's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears-that's what soma is.
Related Characters: Mustapha Mond (speaker)
Page Number: 238
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"In fact', said Mustapha Mond, 'you're claiming the right to be unhappy.'
'All right then,' said the Savage defiantly, 'I'm claiming the right to be unhappy.'
Related Characters: John (the Savage) (speaker), Mustapha Mond (speaker)
Related Symbols: Shakespeare
Page Number: 240
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Mustapha Mond Character Timeline in Brave New World

The timeline below shows where the character Mustapha Mond appears in Brave New World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...terrible. The director exclaims in shock and awe that this man is his fordship, Mustapha Mond, one of the ten World Controllers. (full context)
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Meanwhile, Mond explains how the World State eliminates strong emotions by eliminating families and promoting promiscuous sex.... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Bernard flies to Santa Fe and contacts Mustapha Mond, who agrees that there would be "scientific interest" in bringing John and Linda back to... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...to dislike him. Bernard even goes so far as to write a report to Mustapha Mond about the Savage in which he says that he agrees with the Savage's belief that... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Meanwhile, elsewhere, Mustapha Mond decides an ingenious paper on biology is too ingenious and won't let it be published. (full context)
Chapter 16
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Helmholtz, John, and Bernard are brought to Mustapha Mond's study. Helmholtz is cheerful. Bernard is nervous and despairing. When Mustapha Mond enters, he shakes... (full context)
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When John objects to the Bokanovsky Twins and caste system, Mond tells of an experiment in which the World State filled the island of Cyprus only... (full context)
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Mond admits that both art and science have been sacrificed to the cause of stability. He... (full context)
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Bernard falls to his knees and begs not to be sent to an island. Mond summons men to take Bernard to a different room and calm him with soma. (full context)
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Mond reveals that islands are actually places where all the people who are too individual to... (full context)
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Mond asks Helmholtz what sort of island he'd like to live on. Helmholtz decides on an... (full context)
Chapter 17
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The Savage, alone with Mond, asks if anything else beyond art and science has to be sacrificed to happiness. Religion,... (full context)
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Mond says that God is not compatible with machines, medicine, and universal happiness, to which the... (full context)
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...human state, and that belief in God gives a reason for self-denial, chastity, and courage. Mond counters that none of these attributes are necessary or beneficial in an industrialized civilization. (full context)
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The Savage asks isn't there a value to living dangerously? Mond says yes, it's biologically important. That's why they've made V.P.S. mandatory for all citizens every... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Helmholtz and Bernard return. Mond is gone. They hear the Savage retching in the bathroom. He tells them that civilization... (full context)