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Diverse Influences (The Chrysalids John Wyndham)

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Diverse Influence Throughout any childhood, one is immensely impacted by the influences brought from their peers. In many cases, this pressure can alter one's lifestyle, in both positive and negative aspects. This exertion of pressure is widely illustrated within John Wyndham's novel, The Chrysalids. By thoroughly analyzing protagonist David Storm's relationships with both his father, Joseph Storm and his Uncle Axel, one can acknowledge the diverse affects that relatives can have on their life. To begin, David Storm, in great measure, is negatively impacted by his stern father, Joseph. One example of when Joseph's vehemence is brought down upon his son is present after David jokingly exclaims that an additional hand would assist him in completing a task. ...read more.


Being a pious and strict father, Joseph's behaviour provokes his son's principle of the ideal image in Waknuk. Evidently, Joseph Storm serves as a prime example of the negative influence one can afflict upon another's life. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Uncle Axel, David's closest companion, plays a significant role in the virtuous aspect of his nephew's life. Uncle Axel offers David his wise and useful advice on numerous accounts throughout the novel. After discovering that Sophie and her parents had been captured, David informs his uncle of his plans to run away. Considering the risks and harsh consequences, Uncle Axel advises David not to do so, and continues with a lengthy lecture regarding the world outside of his secluded town, including a judicious opinion concerning the idealistic image: "A lot of people saying that a thing is so, doesn't prove it is so. ...read more.


It made me aware, when I gave my promise, that I was vowing something more important than I could understand" (31). David is astonished by the vast amount of force rooted within Uncle Axel's advice. As a result, he immediately obeys, subconsciously knowing that his uncle's counsel would serve him well in the near future. In essence, Uncle Axel puts forth a remarkable amount of optimistic influence on David throughout the novel. With profound examination of Wyndham's The Chrysalids, one can infer that peers provoke contradictory habits in our lives. By contrasting both a negative and positive influence on one's life, especially through their childhood, it is evident that diverse manipulations can ultimately render one uncertain of what to believe. In order to prosper in life, one must attain the rare ability of filtering out negative pressure. By focusing on optimism, one can encompass an enthusiastic outlook on life. ...read more.

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