The Chrysalids

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Nikita Nguyen Friday, January 12, 2010 ENG1D1-03
Kwasnica, P7
Essay Writing for The Chrysalids by: John Wyndham
In society today, discrimination presents itself as a major issue around the world whether in favour or against the lack of individuality leading up to religious intolerance. In the book, The Chrysalids, written by John Wyndham the story reveals a world unhinge by genetic mutations. The Waknuk district is a community that isolates themselves from anything they believe is a deviant or does not follow the description of the ‘true image’ of God – also referred to as the Fringes people. The Waknuk community shows resentment towards the Fringes people because they dread the mutants which they consider as ‘blasphemies’ since the community believes they are sent by the devil to tempt them away from Purity. Their community is very restrictive and does not tolerate any change. Their obsessive compulsive need to cleanse and purify all deviations reflects on the Waknuk community because of their religious values, which results in more bias ways. The process of development is evolution, which results in prejudice, conformity, and fear Fear is one of the main aspects in this book, such as fear of the future or the unknown. “‘You understand what that means, David? They are scared of us. Ready to break us down in attempt to find out more about us – once they can catch us. You mustn’t let them get hold of Rosalind or Petra – far better to kill them yourself than let that happen to them. You understand?’” (Wyndham, 143) In this commentary, Michael states that David is to be responsible for both Rosalind and Petra and he must make it his number priority to make sure they are not caught by the Waknuk community. Michael explains that if they ever get caught, it is much better to kill them than letting the Waknuk community torture them. They are frightened about what will happen...
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