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What is the setting of the novel The Chrysalids?

The Chrysalids is set in Waknuk in a time deep into the distant future. There has been some kind of apocalyptic event, known as the Tribulation, and it has left the people of Waknuk in a 19th...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 6:02 am UTC

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Uncle Axel

In John Wyndham's The Chrysalids, Uncle Axel is one of the few people in his life that David can trust. Uncle Axel is seemingly more of a father-figure for David than his own father, Joseph. Where...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012 11:14 am UTC

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In chapter 15, we meet Sophie again. Sophie has greatly changed since we last saw her. At the end of the chapter,...

In a nutshell, the hardships of her existence as somebody bearing a physical abnormality have transformed Sophie from an innocent child to a woman who has been toughened by life's hardships. After...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2020 4:40 pm UTC

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What was the importance of Tribulation in The Chrysalids?

The Tribulation was a catastrophic nuclear holocaust which destroyed the Old People and dramatically altered the environment of the world and its inhabitants. The citizens of Labrador are strictly...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 10:58 am UTC

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What is the definition of Chrysalids as in the title of Wyndham's novel, The Chrysalids?

In the world of Wyndham's novel The Chrysalids, the "chrysalids" themselves are the children strewn all over the world who have a particular ability, regarded as a "blasphemy" in their...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 1:19 pm UTC

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What is the conflict of the novel The Chrysalids?

The primary conflict in the novel Chrysalids is brought about by the government's choice to control and oppress people with genetic mutations, including telepathy. This central conflict manifests...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 12:33 am UTC

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In the book The Chrysalids, what is the main theme?

The main theme of The Chrysalids is that we should embrace change instead of fearing it. There are many themes in the book, but the idea that change is not dangerous is an important one. When the...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 8:10 am UTC

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In The Chrysalids, what were the two books left to form a society? What kind of society have they created?

In The Chrysalids, there are two books owned by David's grandfather, Elias, to form the basis of this dystopian society. The first is the Bible, and the second is called Repentances, authored by...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 5:44 pm UTC

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What quotation demonstrates David’s feelings about deviation in The Chrysalids? I am writing and essay on the...

An example of David’s thoughts on deviation is when he prays to be normal. David worries about Sophie’s deviation, but he has a problem of his own. David has a secret deviation, because he is a...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2013 11:31 pm UTC

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In Chapter 4 of The Chrysalids, what series of three consecutive crises temporarily distract David from his concern...

The first crisis is a raid on Waknuk society from the people of the Fringes. The raid ultimately fails because the Waknuk people successfully defended themselves, and several of the attackers were...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 3:18 pm UTC

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In The Chrysalids, chapter 16, what was the conflict between Rosalind and Sophie? 

The conflict between Rosalind and Sophie concerns jealousy over David. Sophie and Rosalind both have a connection to David, and both are jealous. He can communicate telepathically with Rosalind,...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2015 6:40 pm UTC

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How is Joseph Storm cruel in the book The Chrysalids?

Joseph Strorm is cruel in the book The Chrysalids in that he lacks compassion as a human being. He is too rigid in his thinking, not being able to see the value in others who appear different than...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2015 6:39 pm UTC

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In Chapter 5 of the Chrysalids, David's character is described more completely. He is now at the crucial stage of...

The chapter begins by showcasing David in a childlike manner. Readers are shown David and Sophie getting out of work in order to play together. They spend time together fishing and hunting for...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2018 3:19 pm UTC

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In the Chrysalids,what is the relation betweem David and his father?

Joseph is the biological father of David. Joseph Strorm is a strict disciplinarian, and David knows this. Despite knowing that his dad is adamant about adhering to religious rules of Waknuk...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2016 11:20 am UTC

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What is the importance of Sophie in the Chrysalids? 

Sophie is important in The Chrysalids as she demonstrates that physical appearance isn't everything; that there's so much more to being a human than how you look. David has grown up in an...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2018 7:39 am UTC

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What was David's dream about, and how is it different from the narrator's world?

David has several dreams that are critical to the story line. However, I think that the question is asking about the dream that David describes in the opening paragraphs of the book. He dreams of a...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2018 3:03 pm UTC

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In The Chrysalids, what does Axel mean when he refers to “Tribulation” as “a rusted mirror”?

When Uncle Axel describes Tribulation as nothing more than a "word... A rusted mirror, reflecting nothing," he is explaining how the way in which the powers that be in this dystopian world treat...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2013 6:24 am UTC

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In The Chrysalids, where are there examples of foreshadowing?

As the previous post said, the best example of foreshadowing is the very first paragraph of the novel. David is the narrator of the story, and he tells readers about a dream that he used to have...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2017 11:38 am UTC

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How has David Strorm developed in terms of characteristics in The Chrysalids?

John Wyndham's science fiction novel belongs to a post-nuclear world. Nuclear radiations have resulted in mutations and abnormalities. A cult Christian community in Waknuk becomes intolerant to...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018 8:35 am UTC

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What is the bank in The Chrysalids? Is it a crater as a result of the nuclear holocaust or remnants of the mines?

Let us remember that the bank is first introduced in the first chapter of the novel and is used as a kind of play area for David and it is where he first meets Sophie. David mentions that he uses...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2011 12:01 am UTC

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In The Chrysalids, what is David's power and how does it work?

David's power is telepathy. He is able to communicate with fellow telepaths simply by thinking his thoughts, and he can hear the thoughts that they are sending to him. The book never really clearly...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2018 8:25 pm UTC

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In The Chrysalids, would the signs that hang around David's house be an example of foreshadowing?

It is in Chapter 2 that David describes to us the house in which he lives and the signs that you refer to. The signs are placed in the biggest room - the main living room of the family, and David...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2010 9:31 am UTC

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How is Joseph Storm cruel and deeply religious in The Chrysalids?

For Joseph Strorm, his way is the only way. His father established the rules of Waknuk, declaring anyone unfit who does not fit their narrow view of the world. Joseph Strorm is the heir to Waknuk...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 5:03 am UTC

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How are the societies of Waknuk, Fringes and Sealand similar and different in The Chrysalids?

The main difference between the societies of Waknuk and the Fringes is the society’s organizational structure. Waknuk is an agrarian theocracy, and there is generally anarchy in the Fringes....

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013 11:42 pm UTC

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How does David change throughtout the novel in The Chrysalids?

The Chrysalids starts off with a ten-year-old David, playing all by himself at the high bank. He meets and makes friends with Sophie, who has six toes, a trait that makes her a mutant by Labrador’s...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2017 5:27 pm UTC

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Why does Michael choose to stay back and retrieve Rachel rather than go with the Sealand woman?

Michael's primary reason for staying back to retrieve Rachel is that they love each other. While it is a secondary plot line, the romantic relationships between David/Rosalind and Michael/Rachel...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2010 10:01 am UTC

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What is the importance of the cross on Rosalind and Petra's gowns in The Chrysalids?

Girls and women wear the cross on their clothing to protect them. One of the first things that we learn about David’s community is a hint of the importance of religious devotion. When David meets...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2015 1:09 am UTC

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According to David, how did it happen that he and Rosalind fell in love in The Chrysalids? 

David does not quite know how it happened that he and Rosalind fell in love. The events of the story span years, and David and Rosalind have grown up together because they are cousins. Their...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 12:46 pm UTC

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What are some significant scenes in The Chrysalids?

This story is filled with important events, and different readers are going to place emphasis on certain events more than others. For me, the first significant event is David discovering that...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2018 2:59 pm UTC

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Please find some quotes that show how Joseph Strorm is a hard working man in The Chrysalids.

The first good place to look for quotes about Joseph Strorm is chapter 2. At the beginning of the chapter, David gives readers a bit of background information about his grandfather and father. At...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2018 8:36 pm UTC

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How does The Chrysalids end?

The final few paragraphs of this novel end where the first chapter started. If you remember, the novel begins with David's dream of a strange city with odd flying machines. This example of...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2010 9:08 am UTC

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How did David get punished in The Chrysalids?

David is severely beaten by his father when he wishes that he had another hand. In David’s society, everyone is devoutly religious and they consider everyone to be made in the image of God. Anyone...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2014 9:54 pm UTC

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In The Chrysalids, how is the splinter incident in chapter 3 used for satire?

John Wyndham uses David's throwaway remark to poke fun at how a fanatical attachment to dogma can undermine not only our sense of humor, but also our capacity for rational judgment. David's father...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 6:36 am UTC

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Why did David flee from Waknuk in The Chrysalids?    

David flees from Waknuk in The Chrysalids to go to the Fringes. One of the Telepaths (the people who can communicate through telepathy), named Anne, is married to a "normal" man. Anne tells her...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019 8:45 pm UTC

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In The Chrysalids, when Aunt Harriet's body was found in the river, why is it that no one mentioned a baby?

As a so-called deviant, Aunt Harriet's baby is effectively a non-person in this society. The child might as well not exist. So when Aunt Harriet drowns herself with her baby, the child is never...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2018 8:42 am UTC

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In the Chrysalids, Chapter 15, why is it appropriate that Sophie helps David now?

Chapter 15 doesn't explicitly explain why Sophie helps David, but I think two factors contribute to Sophie's help. The first is that Sophie knows that David kept her mutation a secret all those...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2018 1:39 am UTC

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In The Chrysalids, describe how and why Grandfather Strorm came to Waknuk.

We are given this information about Elias Strorm, David's grandfather, in Chapter 2 of this great dystopian novel. David gives us some background information describing how his family came to be in...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2010 7:41 pm UTC

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What are the similarities between The Chrysalids and today's society?

I think one of the biggest similarities you can draw is the way in which religion is portrayed in this future world. I am in no way saying that every religion in our world can be compared to the...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2011 8:03 pm UTC

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The Chrysalids - At the end of chapter 3, David's nightmare shows us how he's starting to understand the dark side of...

David's nightmare reveals his increasing apprehensions about his father's capability of eliminating whatever he deems is not "PURE," whether it be animal or human. Early on, he has become aware of...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2015 1:39 am UTC

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Describe the farm that David lives on. 

That is not so easy to do. Even David Strorm admits to readers that he has difficulty describing his family's house and farm. Our house is not easy to describe. One certainty about the house...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 9:54 pm UTC

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At the end of chapter 5 of The Chrysalids, David is full of bitterness, self-contempt, and abasement. Why does he...

In The Chrysalids we see that some kind of tragedy has happened, and that the remaining people live under the strict commandments of the Old Testament. They are led by Joseph Strorm, a fanatical...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2015 4:42 pm UTC

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What is the structure of the Waknuk society in the book The Chrysalids?

Waknuk was founded by David's grandfather, who was driven by "the ungodly ways of the East" to make a better society. He developed the first district in Waknuk, and relied heavily on the Bible and...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016 4:38 am UTC

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In The Chrysalids, comment on the marriage between Grandfather Storm and his bride. 

It is in Chapter Two that we are given some indications as to the family heritage that David is born into, which in turn helps to explain the unyielding rigidity of his father and why he is such a...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2011 11:43 pm UTC

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Compare the description of the Wenders' cottage with the description of the Strorms' living room/kitchen. What...

The Wender's cottage is much smaller than David's home, but there is a coziness and warmth in it that stands in sharp contrast to David's house. Despite its size, David likes the cottage because it...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2015 2:02 am UTC

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In The Chrysalids, the woman from Sealand justifies her killing of the citizens of Waknuk by stating that they were...

The woman from Sealand justifies the killing of the Waknuk citizens by stating that the Waknuks are no longer a superior form of the species. Her explanation is very Darwinian. Adaptations lead...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 5:47 pm UTC

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The Chrysalids: At the beginning of chapter 6, what terrible news does David get? By hearing this, what decision does...

At the beginning of Chapter 6, David is informed that Sophie and her parents have been captured. After learning this news and having been beaten, David decides to run away from home. This news of...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2015 11:22 pm UTC

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What is the role of Uncle Axel from The Chrysalids?  How does that role affect how he responds to the Purity Laws?

Uncle Axel is David's friend. Among the adults, Uncle Axel is David's best friend. The friendship is deeper that simply an uncle and nephew that like to spend time together. Uncle Axel is a...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 1:51 pm UTC

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How does the exchange in David's innocent "third hand" incident deal with some of the central issues in The...

One issue that this innocent incident deals with--innocent because David used a simple idiomatic expression to convey his difficulty in self-doctoring his wound--is what Joseph Strorm represents in...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2013 3:52 pm UTC

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Why can't David tell anyone that Sophie has 6 toes in The Chrysalids?

David cannot tell anyone that Sophie has six toes because she and her family would be expelled or killed for not conforming to the True Image. Waknuk is a deeply religious society where laws...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2013 7:23 pm UTC

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What are some quotes by the women of Sealand that teach David tolerance?

Almost everyone in Sealand is telepathic, and they feel sorry for people who aren’t but do not discriminate against them. David and his friends are telepathic. This means that they communicate...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 3:36 am UTC

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