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The chrysalids

In this novel, the themes are very hypocritical.The people of Waknuk disapprove of everything abnormal unless it directly improves their way of life.For Example, the two great horses that belonged to Angus Morton.They did twice the work, but required less than twice the feed.Thus were approved by the government.The people of Waknuk differ very little from the way we see things today.If professional basketball was commonly played in Waknuk, then I doubt that Gordon Strorm, or “spider-man” as David called him, would have been banished to the Fringes.
A majority of the story takes place in a post nuclear war era when all technology had been eradicated, and basically been sent back to the beginning of the eighteenth century.”The Old People” are constantly referred to.These people would most likely be people from our generation.This is only the situation in Waknuk though. Waknuk is located North-East of Ottawa, in Labrador.The border between the badlands and the fringes is almost parallel with the Ontario-Quebec border.Sealand, or New Zealand has almost escaped nuclear war.Their society is more advanced than today’s, and their only real deviation ESP (Extrasensory Perception).They have harnessed the power of the internal combustion engine, and flight.Comparing the two civilizations is like comparing eighteenth century Europe, with futuristic North America.
This is a story about a group of nine young people who have the ability to communicate telepathically.They live in a society where any physical or mental deviation is considered the Devil’s work and must be gotten rid of.David’s father, an overly religious man, feels that no deviation should be left untouched, and pressures these beliefs onto his family. In the beginning of the story, David finds out about Sophie’s extra toes, and realizes a deviation isn’t as bad as his father had been telling him all these year


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