The Chrysalids Core Assignment         John Wyndhams Science Fiction Novel, ’the

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THE CHRYSALIDS CORE ASSIGNMENT John Wyndhams science fiction novel, 'The Chrysalids' is an enjoyable yet perturbing novel. In my opinion the main them o the novel is the dangers of believing political ideas are more important than individuals. It is necessary to discuss aspects of style in order to show how effective it is. The story is about a young boy called David who finds out he has telepathic abilities. The rest of the story is al about David growing up and trying to hide his difference in a world of religious extremism. One aspect of style the author uses to show the dangers of believing political ideas are more important than individuals is the way he uses satirisation through exaggeration. The author shows religious extremism and satirisation when Joseph Strorm was incredulously accusing David of actually wanting a third hand. A quote from the novel, which shows Josephs religious beliefs about deviations, is "you - my own son - were calling upon the devil to give you another hand." This is a form of satirisation as it is funny to see how small a phrase can trigger such rage from Joseph. Another part of the novel where exaggeration occurs is when people from the Fringes are caught and brought to Waknuk. David expects them to be horribly disfigured. David thinks that they would be "creatures with two heads, or fur all over or half a dozen arms or legs." David expects them to be like this because of all the other townspeople discussing exaggerated stories about what the Fringes people look like. Another aspect of style the author uses to convey the dangers of believing political ideas are more important than individuals is the way he uses the mood of indoctrination through religious language. An example of when indoctrination occurs is when David starts realising that the writing on the wall will affect his life. An example of this writing is "The Norm is he will of God, and reproduction is the only holy production and the devil is the father of deviation." This conveys the main theme by describing that they should treat deviations different from 'normal' humans just for having a small blemish or difference. Yet another aspect of style the author uses to show the dangers of believing political ideas are more important than individuals is he use of the first person narrative style. This shows the main theme by it conveying David's actual feelings and this shows what the author actually feels instead of it being in the third person perspective which only assumes what the main character feels and thinks. The first person narrative style also shows confusion of the character. A example of when David is confused is at the end of chapter one when he is thinking over the definition of a deviation and he pictures them of being largely different rather than looking normal like Sophie. A quote from the chapter which shows his confusion is "surely that couldn't be enough to make her hateful in the sight of...

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