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"The Chrysalids" written by John Wyndham - how does Waknuk exist in our society today?

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#6 How does Waknuk exist in us and our Society today? Imagine living in a place where there seems to be a sense of hate in the eyes of everyone, and that is Waknuk. Waknuk is a place where anything out of the "norm" is wrong and sinful and could even end in a consequence as serious as death. "The Chrysalids" written by John Wyndham carries a message that can very accurately be used in today's society. Many of the characters' and attitudes of Waknuk's society are very similar to ours today and portray the same problems and deficiencies. John Wyndham had used his story, the Chrysalids to criticize the cruelty of our society today. ...read more.

Middle

Today, Radio, television and other media are just like the political leaders such as Joseph Storm and inspectors in "The Chrysalids"; they give others the definition of "normal" and show people how to think and how to dress not knowing weather that is actually how people should think or look. The world acts upon what they are told even though the people that are telling them what to do are not always right. Also, in the Chrysalids, the Waknuk society was scared of mutants; scared of being overcome or loosing their valuable image of God. Today's society is very much like this. This is mostly the cause of racism though many places today already had accepted multiculturalism. ...read more.

Conclusion

If today's society would loose all prejudice to other people's differences, it would probably prosper just as the Sealand people did. Although like the Sealand woman said in her statement, nothing lasts forever, but if we do not work peacefully with each other, our society within a short period of time will die. Throughout the book many events that occur are not necessarily important to the development of the story but are as to bringing the reader to realize how indifferent today's society is from the one in "The Chrysalids". In the story, John Wyndham aims at a general impression, rather than writing about each individual character precisely. The story was planned perfectly and John Wyndham exposed his message to the readers with great success.????? Edward Chiang Mr. Yewchuk Nov. 5th. 03 Blk C ...read more.

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