The Chrysalids Chapter Analysis

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The Chrysalids The Chrysalids is told by a boy/young man, David Strorm. His father is one of the leading citizens in a society that insists that everyone and everything must be physically and mentally alike, exactly alike. No person, animal or plant that is different can be tolerated there. Now we know that such a rigid belief cannot but lead to problems. This science fiction follows David's life from childhood to young adulthood and tells of a world after Tribulation (Nuclear Holocaust) in which one group of persons, bound by strict laws, live together. The laws are designed to ensure the purity of the surviving race. In the very first chapter, David meets a girl (Sophie), who according to the tenets of Waknuk - his home settlement - is…show more content…
As David's party moves deeper into wild country, they recognise just how much the vegetation has deviated from that which is seen as 'normal' in Waknuk. Petra speaks regularly with her new friend, who is on her way to rescue them because of Petra herself. This lady from Sealand recognises how powerful Petra's telepathic ability is and places great value on it. Do you see the contrast that this creates between the two societies? In one, Petra is unwelcome, taken as a threat. In another, she would, no doubt, be a celebrity as the lady categorises her as 'special'. Michael had earlier said that Petra was to be protected at all cost. He feared that if she is captured, she would reveal the names of all the telepaths. This is not because he thinks that she is disloyal but, seeing that she is very young, the adults who are opposed to them would have little difficulty finding out all they want to know from her. 10. The people who live in the Fringes do so under very poor conditions. This we learn when David and the girls are caught and taken there. David's uncle is the leader there. Through him, as well as the man who took them to the village of the Fringe people, the writer shows us just how cruel Storm and his kind are. We must not, however, lose sight of the fact that some of the mutants are evil, too, driven by hatred and the desire for…show more content…
David is speaking to her with his mind (telepathically) while she is at home on her own family farm. Uncle Axel, the farm handyman, comes across young David speaking to what seems as nobody. This strikes him as odd and he decides to question the boy. David explains that he is able to speak to certain people through his mind, people far away, well out of shouting distance. Uncle Axel, being one of David’s closest and most understanding relatives, advises him to keep this gift to himself - and not to speak aloud whilst sharing thoughts remotely. David realizes now that this ability is abnormal, comparable to Sophie's extra toes; knowing full well the repercussions of a Blasphemy, he willingly abides to secrecy. Having made this connection, David hurriedly contacts all the people he is able to exchange thoughts with and explains the risk of them being discovered. They all agree to secrecy also. Incidentally, this is the first decision they make unanimously and a sort of group dynamic is established. We learn that the telepaths are all children, scattered around Waknuk and the neighbouring communities: David and Rosalind, Michael, Rachel and Anne, Sally and Katherine, and Mark. There was another who was cut off recently; Axel identifies him as a boy killed in a logging accident. Some others have a trace of telepathic

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