Why is Joseph Storm a cruel father?I need to know the answer to this for my essay! I didn't even read the book, I just read summaries on the interenet but I need to know some things that he's done...

Why is Joseph Storm a cruel father?

I need to know the answer to this for my essay! I didn't even read the book, I just read summaries on the interenet but I need to know some things that he's done in the story that makes him such a horrible father!

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englishteacher72 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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In John Wyndham's novel, The Chrysalids, Joseph Strorm (notice the spelling of his last name) is the epitome of a cruel father for many reasons.  First, he is very rigid and set in his ways.  He does not show any love or affection for his family.  He is also a wealthy landowner and has a lot of power in the community.  He is a religious zealot and does not like anyone who doesn't follow the rules, especially those who commit Blasphemies and Offences.  He tries to incriminate others in the community, including Sophie's father, even though he knows his son, David is very good friends with her.  He has a bad temper and has no control over his anger.  The most insignificant details with set him off.  He is also a character who is a hypocrite, as one would think someone as religious as he would have more compassion and tolerance for others.

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thelthel | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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Joseph Storm is cold-hearted. The hearth was made of “solid stone blocks”. The big room’s floor was also made of pieces of brick and “stone and artificial stone” nicely fitted together. Stones are representation of hardness and coldness. What material Joseph used for the floor of almost his entire house, which in this case is the stones, reflects his cold and strong heart. The decoration in the house was a number of “wooden panels” with “sayings”. Instead of using such as landscape or beautiful pictures as decorations for the house, Joseph used panels with sayings suggests his rejection or dislike to fancy stuffs. Besides, wood can symbolize as having hard or no feeling at all. Furthermore, although he is related to Angus Morton who owned a farm next to him, he did not have a friendly relationship with him. In fact, David mentioned that having the farms next to each other “annoyed” Joseph Storm for he could “scarcely agree” about anything with Angus Morton This emphasises that he couldn't stand of the simple thing like Angus’s farm located next to his and also his cold behavior even to people related to him. The ways and the things he used to decorate his house and his unfriendliness to Angus shows that Joseph Storm is a cold-hearted man. The ways and the things he used to decorate his house and his unfriendliness to Angus shows that Joseph Storm is a cold-hearted man.

 

 

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