What is a similarity between Beka Lamb and The Chrysalids?

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One similarity between the two stories is that the narrator in each is a member of an extremely restrictive society.

Beka Lamb describes a girl who lives in Belize in the 1950s.  She does not fit into her society because she is Creole.  There is a strictly religious government, and no deviation is accepted.  Beka ‘s future is limited.  Fortunately, she is able to enter an essay contest and win a scholarship that allows her to flee her restrictive society. 

The she went to the attic, mercifully empty, to sit down with the pencil and essay again.  It wasn’t long before her mother came to order Beka’s immediate return downstairs. (p. 155)

Beka’s mother does not appreciate the effort she is making to get a better life. This is similar to David’s situation in The Chrysalids.  David has a special ability too.  Beka’s intelligence sets her apart, and David’s telepathic ability does the same. 

But after that she went on to warn me very seriously not to mention it to anyone else; other people, as far as she knew, did not have such pictures in their heads... (ch 1)

David is also in a strictly religious society, and his ability is what allows him to escape it.  He and the other telepaths are forced to flee, and then they are rescued by the telepathic Sealand people.

One of the main differences between the two books is that The Chrysalids is science fiction taking place at some point in the future, and Beka Lamb is historically accurate, describing Belize in the 1950's.

lilmandyzz | Student

The book "Beka Lamb" and the book "Chrysalids" written by Zee Edgell and John Wyndham respectively, convey the theme of change.In the book "Chrysalids" Wyndham paints the picture of a patriarchal society where men are idealised and women are second class citizens. The protagonist, David Strorm is classified as a chrysalid which represents change and through out the book he was able to beat the value system and make it out of the highly prejudice society of Waknuk taking with him Rosalind and Petra. In the book "Beka Lamb", change occurs many times; whether it be social change, political change or the major theme of growing up which is also classified as a change within itself. Beka is exposed to all the types of change but primarily that of growing up as she is forced to realise the harsh realities of life. This is evident with the case of Toycie as she becomes pregnant; Toycie uneducated about the dangers of sex becomes involved with young Emilio Villanueva and as a result a child is conceived. Toycie is cast out of school thus disallowing her to raise her social status making her poor for the rest if her life. Beka determined not to follow in Toycie's footsteps vows to never fall in love. Another similarity of these two books would be the value system; it put men on a pedestal. In both books Emily Strorm, "Chrysalids" and Lilla Lamb "Beka Lamb" were made to be wives,mothers,submissive and dutiful always in complete agreement with their husbands no matter how absurd his way of thinking was. You can go on to compare women in society.

ashoyabrown | Student

Becka Lamb and The Chrysalids both has a majority of similar themes. firstly we could point out heroism. In Becka Lamb Beck tried to save Toycie when she fell, also Becka showed her heroic attitude by maintaining Toycie's secret and being nothing but a good friend to her.In The Chrysalids we read where David was told by the Irving that he is like a hero, he also reflect his heroic attitudes by saving Petra. David did not have to keep Sophie's secret as his father was the leader of this religious belief in the image of God however David saved Sofie from her death by his father by keeping her secret of having six toes on each foot.

In both novel death is most predominant theme. In The Chrysalids David lost his best friend Sophie and in Becka Lamb Becka also lost her best friend Toycie. Toycie died because of pregnancy problems while Sophie died trying to defend David.