How is The Chrysalids an example of people feeling theatened by others who are different?I have to write an expository essay.The topic is People sometimes feel threatened by others who are...

How is The Chrysalids an example of people feeling theatened by others who are different?

I have to write an expository essay.The topic is People sometimes feel threatened by others who are different, and reject them unfairly. It is structered like this

  • Body Paragraph 1: evidence found in The Chysalids
  • Body Paragraph 2: evidence found in "The Japanese Internment"
  • Body Paragraph 3: evidence from your own experience

I already have idea's about my third paragraph.  I just need help to think of how the topic is represented in both The Chysalids.

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In The Chrysalids, the people feel threatened by those who are different and they expel them from the community.  In fact, they even go so far as to sterilize the women and girls so that they cannot produce more abominations.

In The Chrysalids, anyone who does not fit the set definition of a perfect human is expelled to the Fringes.  In The Fringes, they live like heathens.  They are a dejected race, because there is little lot and order, no structure, and human interaction is not regular.  It is an abnormal, broken society because the women cannot have children.

When David goes to the Fringes, he sees Sophie again.  She has been sterilized, and comments on the loneliness of life there.

You can't understand the awful emptiness that's waiting all round us here. I'd have given him babies gladly, if I could. ... I -- oh, why do they do that to us? Why didn't they kill me? It would have been kinder than this . . .(ch 15)

The people on the Fringes have done nothing wrong.  They are all innocents who have done nothing wrong, but did not fit in for some reason.  Sophie had six toes, and for that she had to remain hidden.  When she was discovered, her family was expelled to the badlands of the Fringes.

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