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According to the Sealand Woman, "the idea of a completed man is the supreme vanity: the...

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noirlee | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM via web

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According to the Sealand Woman, "the idea of a completed man is the supreme vanity: the finished image is a sacrilegious myth". How does Wyndham illustrate the truth of the statement in the Chrysalids?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted September 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM (Answer #1)

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One of Wyndham's concerns for humankind was that problematic issues would be self-perpetuating because humans do not think outside of established paradigms, we only shift established paradigms around to develop new versions of them. This he expresses in the idea that "completed" humankind is a "vanity." He illustrates this perspective through the imperfections in the Sealanders who are identically calloused in comparison to the Waknukians though their vanity and callousness is expressed in different biases.

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