What are some examples for the cost of happiness in The Chrysalids?
There are many instances of characters characters "paying" for happiness in this novel.
The people of Struen give up their children and, in many cases, their wives in the name of normalcy. Any child born with an abnormality is sent to the Fringes. For many parents, like David's aunt, the knowledge that you are likely sending your child off to die is agonizing. If a woman in that society gave birth to 3 children with an abnormality they were also shunned by their husbands and sent off to the Fringes.
Individuals sacrificed love and friendship in an attempt to be "normal". Anne gives up the group, including...
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