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...

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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 doesn’t conform to the True Image is blasphemous.  Babies are often expelled as soon as they are born, because they are not granted certificates by inspectors.  Livestock and crops are also inspected for genetic perfection or they are not allowed.  Deviance of any kind is not allowed. 

David values people over rules, and this may be because he is different too.  David is one of the telepaths, or a small group who can read one another’s minds.  He has to keep this a secret.  He keeps Sophie, the girl with six toes, secret.  When she is discovered, he tries not to tell his father. His father has to beat the information out of him.  To David, friendship is more important than almost anything else. 

David also values love.  His girlfriend Rosalind is also a telepath.  He cares deeply for her, and they have to keep their relationship a secret from their families.  He also really cares about his little sister Petra, the youngest telepath.  Petra is strong and passionate. 

She was a happy child, and pretty from a baby, with her close golden curls. I can still see her as a brightly-dressed little thing constantly dashing hither and thither at a staggering run, clasping an atrociously cross-eyed doll which she loved with uncritical passion. (Ch. 9) 

David explains that he really loves his little sister, and even his strict father spoils her.  She is a sweet and wonderful “toy-like creature.”  To David, she is another example of why you should value people over religious extremism.  Like David, she is a mutant.  The reader will also see in David's love of Sophie and Petra why Waknuk's religious intolerance is stifling for David.

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