Fear; An Agent Of Change Essay

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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” former United States of America president Franklin D. Roosevelt once stated. This statement is completely false according to the various characters in the novel The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. The major fears that change the characters in the novel include Sophie Wender acting un-brave and cautious because someone finds out about her deviation, Joseph Storm who is treating his son, David, cruelly because he asks something of Satan, and Emily Storm who goes as far as calling her niece a monster because she is afraid. Fear of the unknown and fear of things that are different can make people act in ways they normally would not.
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For example, his son David states “I could’ve managed it all right by myself if I had three hands” (Wyndham 28), which scares Joseph. Joseph lashes out at David and says “You do know – and yet, knowing this, you deliberately wished yourself a mutant. That is a terrible thing, an outrageous thing. You, my son, committing blasphemy, and before his parents”(Wyndham 29). Although this might not be very out of character for Joseph, it is out of character due to the fact that Joseph is a father and should not let his religious beliefs interfere with his family life and how he acts towards his children. The way Joseph yells at David is uncalled for. Though Joseph is a very cruel, yet religious man, he should not let the fear of things that are different and out of the “norm” affect the way he treats his family.
Emily Storm is the mother of David and wife of Joseph. She is a very quiet follower. She lets her husband make the decisions and does not let herself give any say in anything. She lives in the shadow of her husband, agreeing with much of what he says. For example, she has many signs around her house revolving around her husbands’ belief such as “ONLY THE IMAGE OF GOD IS MAN”, “BLESSED IS THE NORM”, and “WATCH THOU FOR MUTANT” (Wyndham 20-25). Emily Storms sister, Harriet, gives birth to a child around the same time that she does....

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