The Evil And Oppression Of The Innocent By John Wyndham

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The False Perfection The novel, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, foretells of a futuristic story which unfolds about injustice and oppression of the innocent. In a dystopian world a group of eight telepathic children struggle to grow up undiscovered and when the time comes, to escape. A religious creed is set up “The Definition of Man” as a ‘purity standard’. As a result, people lived with much fear and self-hatred. The standard set one neighbour against the other in fear of another ‘tribulation’. A world scale disaster had occurred many generations ago and out of the chaos the ancestors and consequent generations held to what they thought was the ‘true image’. Anything else was the ‘devils’ work. So people lived under surveillance and suspicion, bigotry, and oppression. The people of Waknuk felt superior to those not ‘the norm’ and thus believed they had the right to dominate and maintain their power. Therefore “The Definition of Man” is manipulative, unjust, and inhumane to those living in Waknuk and the Fringes. First of all, the authority figures in Waknuk use religion to manipulate in order to oppress those not considered 'the norm '. The religious teachings and doctrine are used as propaganda to assimilate the people of Waknuk. “The Definition of Man” is the ‘purity standard’ by which is a means to govern society. David is familiar with the religious teachings: "THE NORM IS THE WILL OF GOD, and, REPRODUCTION IS THE ONLY HOLY PRODUCTION, and, THE DEVIL IS THE

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