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 ot 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, or simply, like everybody else. “And any creature that shall seem to be 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) The quote proved that the Waknuks believe people that were not imaged like God should not be considered human, and they should be destroyed” David, Rosalind,
Petra and Michael, the main characters of the story, were considered as mutants as well, as they could make up thought shapes and communicate in their minds, and according to the Waknuks, they were not normal human and should be considered as mutants as well. However, to Uncle Axel, God can read everyone’s minds, and it may be an ability that human should have as well if they were to God’s image. He stated that human probably lost it due to tribulation, and God granted this special ability to a small group of people only. From this, I think that the normal people were actually hasing after the telepathies out of Jealousy and fear.
It only made them the “normal people” because they were of the larger proportion of population. It does not give them the power to kill the mutants. Even imagining or having a thought of having a special ability or an extra arm, leg or something that seemed abnormal to the Waknuks were prohibited. M)U– 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 erious 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. 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 hey 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 commandment stated in the bible.
However, in my opinion, it is a mistake to destroy or to discriminate the mutants because killing or hating, according to the bible, is also a sin. Moreover, one of David’s friends in the story, Sophie, had disabilities and was considered as a mutant as well. Sophie was mentioned at the beginning of the book, she was a little girl that lived with her parents. She might seem normal to everyone, but David unintentionally discovered her deepest secret”Sophie had 6 toes. With him finding out the secret, her family was very panicked due to the culture in the place.
They had decided to escape out of town. This showed that the Waknuks had a closed mind, and never accepted mutants. In conclusion, I think that the discriminatory act of the Waknuks is a huge mistake. Even though one of the reasons of the act was due to their religious beliefs, I do not think that it was necessary to harm the mutants or to isolate them to the Fringes. They should learn that having disabilities is not a sin, and is not a form of evil. I think it is necessary for the mutants to be more educated and also, more open-minded, like ideal 1B learners.