Brave New World

Mustapha Mond Character Analysis

Mond is one of the 10 World Controllers of the World State. Mond was once a physicist who loved truth and science so much that he carried out secret experiments. He was then given the choice of becoming either a World Controller or going to an island where he could continue his scientific pursuits, and Mond chose to become a World Controller. Though he has read Shakespeare and values truth, while debating John he holds up happiness and stability as more important than, and finally mutually exclusive of, love or truth.

Mustapha Mond Quotes in Brave New World

The Brave New World quotes below are all either spoken by Mustapha Mond or refer to Mustapha Mond. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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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), John (the Savage)
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), John (the Savage)
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), John (the Savage)
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), John (the Savage)
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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...up, repeating that such old-fashioned policies were terrible. The Director eagerly introduces “his fordship,” Mustapha Mond, one of the State’s 10 World Controllers. (full context)
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The students are awed that Mustapha Mond is speaking to them. The Director becomes nervous when Mond indicates that he’s going to... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...flies to Santa Fe, contacts the World Controller’s office, and before long speaks to Mustapha Mond himself. Mond immediately dispatches special orders for Bernard to bring back two individuals of scientific... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...in talking about an entity called “the Soul.” When Bernard writes a report to Mustapha Mond about this, he mentions agreeing with the Savage that “civilized infantility” is too easy. This... (full context)
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...the Savage, repeating “O brave new world,” breaks away, retching. Bernard continues to report to Mond, expressing perplexity that John visits Linda in the midst of her permanent soma holiday, an... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Mustapha Mond reads an ingenious academic paper on biology and decides that it mustn’t be published because... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Bernard, the Savage, and Helmholtz are brought into Mustapha Mond’s study. Helmholtz is in good spirits, while the Savage browses through one of Ford’s books,... (full context)
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Mond further explains that, today, nobody could understand a tragedy like Shakespeare’s Othello, because the world... (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 explains that they’ve even stifled technological and scientific progress in order to keep people from... (full context)
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With Bernard out of the way, Mond points out that being exiled to an island is, for an individual, more of a... (full context)
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In Ford’s day, Mond muses, people valued knowledge above all and seemed to believe that scientific progress was unstoppable.... (full context)
Chapter 17
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The Savage, alone with Mond, asks if anything else, besides art and science, has to be sacrificed to happiness. Mond... (full context)
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Mond goes on to argue that people are conditioned to believe in God, and that by... (full context)
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...Savage insists that the “tears” are necessary, and that there is value in living dangerously. Mond concurs that artificial passion is good for health, but that it can be applied chemically,... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...three men feel fond of one another, and happy. The Savage explains that he asked Mond if he could accompany his friends to the island, but since Mond refused, he is... (full context)