Intolerance in the Chrysalids by John Wyndham
The Chrysalids was by John Wyndham. It Involves Children that have ESP
(Extra Sensory Perception) living in a community that does not
tolerate differences. They are eventually found out and escape to
Sealand (New Zealand). All societies in this novel practice
intolerance in one way or another, even though Wyndham doesn't approve
of it. We see it with the Norms, the Fringes, the Sealanders and even
people of today. I feel this was a great way of depicting intolerance.
Intolerance is most visible in this novel with the Waknuk
civilization. You could also say that the Strorm family is one of the
most intolerable families there. David didn't have a lot of choices
growing up, including the tolerance of deviants. His father was
considered the leader of the Waknukians, so he would put signs up
around his house like "Watch Thou for the Mutant", and "The Norm is
the Will of God". These came from there set of laws, Nicholson's
Repentances. So all these combined, David wasn't given a lot of choice
growing up. This society's intolerance was by far the worst out of all
of them. If one corn was mutated in the field the whole field was
burnt to the ground. The most horrible example was when someone who
was different was banished from there community to the fringes. You
would think they would have toned it down a little bit after David's
aunt committed suicide; she committed suicide because she gave birth
mutant baby, and did not want to be found out. This is horrible
example of the intolerant nature of the Norms.
Intolerance, surprisingly enough, was also practiced in the fringes.
The people who lived in the fringes were intolerant towards the people
of Waknuk. They felt anyone without a type of mutation or difference
was inferior to them. An example of this is when Rosalind is fleeing
the town with all the ESP children. Rosalind still had a cross on her
dress from Waknuk, which was a sign that...