Compare And Contrast Birch And The Chrysalids

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I think the movie Simon Birch and the book The Chrysalids go together extremely well, and really help create a full picture of what it means to be made in the image of God. In both the movie and the book, we see persecution because the way someone was made. Perhaps The Chrysalids more extreme than Simon Birch. In The Chrysalids we see that if anyone differs from what is thought to be “normal” then they are considered blasphemy, and either sent away or even killed. They even had a definition of what a man is, “The definition of man recited itself in my head: ‘and each leg shall be joined twice and have one foot, and each foot five toes, and each toe shall end with a flat nail…’ and so on, until finally: ‘And any creature that shall seem to be human, but is not formed thus is not human. It is neither man nor woman. It is blasphemy against the true Image of God, and hateful in the sight of God.’” --Chrysalids (13) They thought that if you had six toes, long arms, telepathic abilities, or anything that wasn’t normal was a curse and had to be taken care of. This could be seen to some extent in Simon Birch’s case as well. Granted people are not …show more content…

Proving the point that God does have a plan for our gifts, regardless if the people around us make it a source of their laughter. Its an inspiration to see Simon persevere through all the harsh words people said to him, and still have the confidence that God made him like that for a reason. It gives me motivation to be the person who I am, and not conform to fit into being like everyone else. I need to be more like Simon Birch, and grasp my uniqueness, because God didn’t make me who I am by mistake, rather He made me for a reason. This is what I think it means to be made in the Image of God, to clench the little weird things each one of us have, and not be ashamed of it. We can see that Simon wasn’t always sure, and needed

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