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Sketch Mustapha Mond's character.

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denotes | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:15 PM via web

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Sketch Mustapha Mond's character.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:34 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that Mustapha Mond is sort of a two part character.  Personally, he is a very nice man who is understanding and open minded.  This is the side of him that we see most clearly in the book.  But he has another side that we don't see as much.  As the World Controller, he is ruthless as he tries to maintain the society that he believes in.

Personally, Mond likes to think.  He reads Shakespeare.  He used to be a scientist whose work was subversive.  He really understands the basis of his society and is not blindly loyal to it.  He treats Helmholtz and the Savage (and even Bernard) nicely when he talks to them.

But, on the other hand, he has no qualms whatsoever about sending Bernard and Helmholtz off to exile.  He takes no pity on Bernard.  He is going to do what is best for the society that he rules.

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lp4l | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:51 PM (Answer #2)

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Mustapha Mond is the most powerful and intelligent proponent of the World State. Early in the novel, it is his voice that explains the history of the World State and the philosophy upon which it is based. Later in the novel it is his debate with John that lays out the fundamental difference in values between World State society and the kind of society represented in Shakespeare’s plays. Mustapha Mond is a paradoxical figure. He reads Shakespeare and the Bible and he used to be an independent-minded scientist, but he also censors new ideas and controls a totalitarian state. For Mond, humankind’s ultimate goals are stability and happiness, as opposed to emotions, human relations, and individual expression. By combining a firm commitment to the values of the World State with a nuanced understanding of its history and function, Mustapha Mond presents a formidable opponent for John, Bernard, and Helmholtz.

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