Blindly Following Tradition in the Chrysalids

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The unsighted acceptance of traditions and strict social conformity in The Chrysalids leads to the persecution and destruction of fellow human individuals. In John Wyndham's The Chrysalids, characters are willing to go to extremes in order to keep the old ways. According to old Jacob, they are afraid of having another "dose of Tribulation," (88). The blind acceptance of traditions leads to the destruction of the Waknuk society. In The Chrysalids, it can be seen that Joseph Strorm is very faithful to Waknuk's traditions, and there are many points that can prove it. There are also different ways of removing and cleansing deviations, offences, and blasphemies. Since the laws are so strict, everyone is in social and religious conformities. Joseph Strorm is very committed to Waknuk's beliefs, and is prepared to condemn anyone who disobeys the Purity laws. He raises his voice at Aunt Harriet and tells her to go pray for trying to abet Emily; leading her to commit suicide, "…Aunt Harriet's body had been found in the river…" (74). At first, Joseph is calm when he sees Harriet at the door. Once he is informed of the situation, he bursts out with fury. He makes it clear to her that what she did is wrong and that she should go pray for forgiveness. This proves that Joseph cares more about tradition than family. His severe steadfastness is not only limited to family, but to higher ranks, as he gets angry at the inspector for allowing the great horses to be used in Waknuk, "He went on boiling with rage for several days…" (38). Joseph is already uneasy thinking about the great horses, and when he sees them, he blows up at the inspector arguing how wrong they are. Although he knows that they are stronger and faster than regular horses, he says they are offences, despite that they are government approved. Joseph is so blind because of his faith that he is willing to lash out on
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