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The novel is called The Chrysalids. What do you think is the significance of this title, especially in relation to the novels themes? Support your answer with close reference to the novel.

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1) The novel is called "The Chrysalids". What do you think is the significance of this title, especially in relation to the novel's themes? Support your answer with close reference to the novel. The title of the novel illustrates the repression in Waknuk society, which relates to the theme of the discrimination of deviants in the repressed Waknuk society. The Waknuk society abides by the "Definition of Man", which defines how a man or woman is supposed to look like in the Waknuk society. The society abides by this definition very strictly, and becomes intolerant of those who do not follow by the definition, which shows how rigid and narrow-minded the society is. ...read more.

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follow the definition, meaning that they are not in the true image, are gotten rid of by banishing them to the Fringes and sterilizing them. The Waknuk society is willing to go to such extreme methods because they fear being influenced by the external influences and they also want to protect themselves from being influenced which is similar to how a butterfly in its cocoon stage behaves. Therefore, the title Chrysalids illustrates the conservativeness in the Waknuk society, parallel to the confined state of the cocoon stage of a butterfly. The title of the novel reveals the necessity of change in the Waknuk society, with regards to the theme of change is inevitable in the novel. ...read more.

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This means that the Waknuk society is unable to remain in the same state forever, whereby the people in the society continues to abide by the Definition of Man and remain trying to preserve what they deem as the true image of God. The Waknuk society is definite to evolve, just like the cocoon stage of the butterfly, into something even more beautiful than it was before, similar to a beautiful butterfly evolved from a dull-looking cocoon stage. In addition, the confined and restricted cocoon stage of a butterfly evolves into a more liberated stage of a butterfly. Similarly, this signifies the evolution of the conservative Waknuk society into a boundless and uninhibited society, where the people do not stringently follow a fixed set of laws on the Definition of Man. Therefore, the title Chrysalids signifies a necessary change in the ...read more.

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