Theme Of Fear In The Chrysalids

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What does Waknuk fear and why? Fear can influence decisions. This is shown in The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. Many of the decisions influencing Waknuk are governed by a fear of God. The Definition of Man states: “And any creature that shall seem human, but is not formed thus is not human. It is neither man nor woman. It is a blasphemy against the true Image of God, and hateful in the sight of God.” (Wyndham 13) Joseph Strorm’s discipline of religion creates a discriminative society. The constant fear of God leads Waknuk to become oblivious to the true meaning of The Bible and God. For example, Joseph Strorm concentrates on slaughtering and condemning deviations instead of preaching about the love of God. This faith influences Waknuk to be…show more content…
This is true in The Chrysalids by John Wyndham as Waknuk sustains itself following the Tribulation. A common belief in restoring purity unites the people of Waknuk. David Strorm describes Waknuk by stating: “, Waknuk it had become, an orderly, law abiding, God-respecting community.” (Wyndham 17) The belief of purity, despite their unspeakable ways, redeems them as a community. In spite of a common religion, Waknuk has malicious flaws. The establishment of farming, community, and family are significant qualities to Waknuk but the issues of discrimination, slaughter, injustice and hatred, are prominent in Waknuk’s way of life. This is shown in the novel when David Strorm, the protagonist, is talking about the Definition of Man as it depicts the hatred towards blasphemies. The similarities between Waknuk and the twenty-first century are significant as both worlds have similar flaws and redeeming qualities. For example, Joseph Strorm, the leader of Waknuk, condemns blasphemies, whereas people of the twenty-first century condemn those of different race, sexuality or religion. On the other hand, Waknuk’s religion is damaged because of its condemning and discriminatory beliefs. Signs of Offences around the Strorm home states: “Reproduction is the only production.”, and “the devil is the father of deviation.” (Wyndham 18) Waknuk’s belief in who is human and who deserves not to be reveals the corruption in Waknuk. Waknuk perceives to be a small

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