Other than David and his father, what father-son relationships are related to fear in The Chrysalids?  I am looking for father-son relationships in the novel that are based or have an impact on...

Other than David and his father, what father-son relationships are related to fear in The Chrysalids?

 

I am looking for father-son relationships in the novel that are based or have an impact on fear. I am aware of the relationship of David Strorm and his father Joseph, as well as the father figure Uncle Axel to David but I am searching for one more. It does not have to be a father to David, but is there another father figure in the novel and how is the theme of fear related?

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A good example of fear in a father-son relationship is actually between David’s father and his father (David’s grandfather).

David never knew his grandfather, because his father did not marry until his father was dead.  Elias Strorm was the founder of Waknuk.  He came from the East and settled the country.

He was a husky man, a dominating man, and a man fierce for rectitude. He had eyes that could flash with evangelical fire beneath bushy brows. (ch 2)

Based on this description, it is reasonable to assume that David’s grandfather treated his son the way David is treated.  The two men seem to be very much alike, and rule by fear.

In faith father and son were at one; the difference between them was only in approach; the evangelical flash did not appear in my father s eye; his virtue was inure legalistic. (ch 2)

Violence is often passed down from father to son, creating a cycle of abuse.  However, the two men seem to have seen eye to eye from a Biblical perspective.

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