How can Argentina's Dirty War be linked to The Chrysalids?
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I think that the social setting of Waknuk inThe Chrysalidscan be connected with the Argentinian government's pursuit of the "Dirty War" in a couple of ways. The obsession with eliminating "mutations" and those who are deemed to be different in Waknuk is similar to how the Argentinian government sought to eliminate the voices of those who spoke or articulated "different" beliefs. Both settings are driven and animated by the idea of silencing voices. The construction of power in both settings is predicated upon demonizing "the other" as opposed to understanding it. For example, Joseph Strom gains power from his stance on eliminating mutations in accordance to what he sees as "God's will." The Argentinian government was able to consolidate power and control over the people by conducting its Dirty War to eliminate voices of dissent. In both Wyndham's work and in the Dirty War, state sponsored and legitimately sanctioned violence is used to target those deemed adversaries. This is important because it shows how the violence perpetrated in both cannot be seen as "isolated" or done by "rogues." Rather, both illuminate the idea that the worst type of violence is one that is done under the approval and consent of those in the position of power. In all of these, I think that connections can be forged betweenThe Chrysalidsand Argentina's Dirty War.
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