Why did Anne act the way she did in chapter 10 of The Chrysalids? I can't seem to find any good reasons that would really support what Anne did in Chapter 10. My assignment: Using what you...

Why did Anne act the way she did in chapter 10 of The Chrysalids? I can't seem to find any good reasons that would really support what Anne did in Chapter 10. 

My assignment: Using what you learned about Anne's reasons in the novel, write the answer from Anne's point of view (in the first person), defending the decisions you made in Chapter 10. Start the paragraph with a statement that sets out what you are going to write about, and end your paragraph with a sentence that concludes your defense. 

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Anne wants to marry a normal man because she wants to have a normal life. Let's explore the text and see what reason is offered.

Anne, who is thirteen when she is first introduced, is the oldest who can talk in “thought-shapes” or telepathy.

Anne was “living on a big farm only a mile and a half to the west” (ch 8) when she meets Alan.  Alan is the man who informed on Sophie, so the telepaths are aware that he does not support deviants.  For some reason, Anne loves him.

Michael and the others try to tell Anne why she should not marry a non-telepath.

It'd be like tying yourself for life to a cripple. Do think, Anne, do really think what it is going to mean. (ch 10)

Anne disagrees because she feels their view will restrict her freedoms to choose what will make her happy.

I'm a woman -- I've a right to marry and have children. There are three of you and five of us. Are you saying that two of us must never marry? Never have any lives or homes of our own? (ch 10)

Anne has a point.  Since there are only 8 telepaths and they are not evenly divided between men and women, they cannot all marry telepaths.  Anne is trying to live her life, and be happy in any way she can.  She is trying to avoid letting her mutation get the best of her.

Although Michael and David do not understand, Anne's situation brings to light a new perspective on the telepaths.  They have to keep the situation quiet, but they assume they will live a better life if they marry each other.  However, since there are three boys and two girls that means not everyone can marry if they only marry telepaths.  Anne has done the math.

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