What are David Strorm's values and attitudes in The Chrysalids by John Wyndham? Why does that make him a good narrator for the story?

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David values fairness and friendship, and this makes him a good narrator because it is different from his society’s values of conformity and order. 

David is an appropriate narrator because his father is the spiritual leader and enforcer of Waknuk.  David does not feel the same way about people that his father does.  He comes to this realization when he runs into a little girl with extra toes and helps her out.  It takes him time, but he realizes that his father would never approve. 

As David is walking home, he runs over his father’s religious doctrine in his mind. 

'And any creature that shall seem to be human, but is not formed thus is not human. It is neither man nor woman. It is a blasphemy against the true Image of God, and hateful in the sight of God.' (Ch. 1) 

In David’s society, anyone who...

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