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The Role Of Change In The Chrysalids

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Change, the essential of life, it can be tranquility or turbulence, change has no set goal, it occurs all around us without us knowing. In the novel, The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham, change is the major problem in the society even though it is hidden in different aspects of life. To the society, change is their enemy, but it is themselves who are their enemies without knowing it. A society that fails to realize the inevitability of change will indubitably agonize.
The people of Waknuk do not utilize the advantages of permitting deviations and blasphemies to be a part of the society, consequently this decision troubles the society. First, the society does not let deviations that are beneficial to the society live amongst them. When Uncle Axel explains to David about how the churchgoers would not accept spices that had come from a foreign land because the spices could be a deviation, then Uncle Axel concludes, “Whatever they were, they are profitable enough now for ships to sail south again” (61). The rejection of the spices by the churchgoers was to their own disadvantage to exploit the profitability of the spices. Second, due to the high deviation rate families are force to destroy their crops and livestock. David asks Angus Morton what is troubling him and Angus replies, “Weeks of work gone up in smoke, pigs, sheep and cows gobbling up good food just to produce ’bominations” (87). Since the society does not accept deviations, therefore Angus Morton’s hard work is profitless. Finally, the attacks by the Fringes people are a vexation to the inhabitants of Waknuk. The sentimentalists in Rigo outlaw the burning of blasphemies, which allows blasphemies to live in the Fringes and Angus Morton fiercely says, “You get more Fringes dwellers, and that means you get more and bigger raids and lose time and money holding them back – all lost because of a namby-pamby dodging of the main issue” (89). The society of Waknuk cannot come to terms of peace with the Fringes people, allowing them to live amongst the society; hence it forces the “blasphemies” to raid the society of Waknuk causing damage which worries the norms. Waknuk is constantly running into problems, due to the fact they will not accept deviations and blasphemies as norms. Some deviations are beneficial, but the authorities do not realize, their work goes down the drain because of deviational resources and they are frequently fighting off raiders from the Fringes which are harmful to the norms.
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