Who is a character in The Chrysalids who uses power and authority to make others suffer unjustly?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Joseph Strorm is a character in John Wyndham's The Chrysalids who use power and authority to make others suffer unjustly. Joseph Strorm, the hero's father, is the patriarchal head of the land of Waknuk, a land devoted to sustaining what they define as purity at all cost. Waknuk allows no changes to the norm and destroys plant and animal mutations with a vengeance. They sometimes destroy human mutations and sometimes drive them from Waknuk, forcing them to become exiles in the hostile land called the Fringe.

Joseph Strorm has destroyed some of his own children and would not hesitate to destroy his son David if he knew that David had a mutation that makes him telepathic.The people of Waknuk live in fear and dread that Strorm will discover impurities and destroy or exile their beloved ones, like Sophie who has six toes and like some who would rather commit suicide than be discovered by the tyrannical keeper of the norm, Strorm. His character is proven even further when, after David's mutant powers are revealed, Strorm pursues David and his group of other telepaths to the death.