The Chrysalids Essay
By the time David is sixteen, he has already experienced major changes in his life. His views towards the Waknuk society, and his opinions on deviations differ from everyone else living in Waknuk. In the book, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, a young boy with the name of David finds out that he is telepathic, and that he is not the same as everyone else. Being telepathic is classified as having a deviation and living in Waknuk with a deviation is against the law. He meets a girl named Sophie who has six toes. She also has to hide her abnormality from the rest of the population. When David finds out about Sophie’s secret, it changes that way he views people with deviations, and how he views the laws on deviations. His father has raised him to believe that every human who did not fall under the Definition of Man was not perfect, and should be punished for his or her imperfection. He now does not view people the same way as his father does. He believes that someone with a deviation should be treated with the exact same amount of respect as someone who does not have a deviation. David is a fearless and daring boy who does not believe that people with deviations should be just thrown out of civilization to die.
David believes that every living thing should be treated equally no matter if they have a deviation or if they do not. He believes that individuals should have the right to stay and live in their own town. They should not be forced to abandon where they live because of a small deviation like a toe, a larger deviation, or an internal deviation like David’s. David’s father, Joseph has the exact opposite opinion as David. He believes that anyone with the slightest deviation is a curse from God and should be sent to the Fringes to die immediately. Once Joseph tells David to go to his room because he was wishing for a third hand he thinks, “I knew well enough what that meant, but I knew, too, that with my father in his
Cited: Wyndham, John. The Chrysalids. London, England: Penguin Books, 1958. Print.