The Chrysalids

864 WordsOct 5, 20104 Pages
The Chrysalids is a story set in the future. In the story, the “normal” people living in Waknuks, where David came from, were searching for the abnormal, or the ”mutants” and tried to kill them. Throughout the story, they were very eager to look for David and the rest of his telepathy group to investigate their special powers or even, to kill them. The reason of them really doing so was not because of that the telepathies were actually different, but is due to that they were scared that the telepathies would rule the place as they had special, extraordinary abilities, which “normal” people did not have. Other than that, normal people certainly did not deserve the rights to destroy mutants just because they were not shaped like God’s image,…show more content…
“You-- my own son-- Were calling upon the Devil to give you another hand! You blasphemed, boy. You found fault with the Norm.” (Wyndham 26) David’s dad strongly disapproved his son to even think about being a mutant. It was a serious sin to want to be or think to be a “human” imaged against God’s will. It was obvious that the Waknuks were injustice to the mutants. Being rude and wanting to destroy the mutants was not fair as well. This can be considered as discrimination. Just because they have physical or mental disabilities, or that they do not look how a perfect human should look, they do not deserve to be treated poorly. It is not humane to send all the mutants to live in Fringes and leave them with a poor living condition. Fringes is a place with a relatively higher level of radiation, so deviation was quite common in the place. The Waknuks also think the fringes people (mutants) were a threat to them because they have made raids in civilized areas for food. Children are told that the fringes eat people. This is obviously a story that parents made up to scare them to keep them in line, and I think these stories are told mostly because of the fear because mutants are different. One matter that led to that kind of horror is because the “old people” experienced Tribulation, and they were afraid that this serious punishment from God is going to happen again. That is why they tried in every possible method to live to God’s will; to follow every
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