Examples Of Perfection In The Chrysalids

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Perfection is only an opinion from a person in great power. In the novel, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, God is the person in power from what He says in the Bible. The Waknukians believe that they are becoming closer and closer to perfection as the years go by. Some people like David believe the opposite; they are going further away from being perfect.
Being perfect is solely based on an opinion, in The Chrysalids, David is placed in a world where being perfect is mandatory and if you are not perfect, great consequences will follow. As the narrator in the novel he gives us the best view on his perception of perfection. When David was a little boy every Sunday he would here the commandments of the true image of man: “And God created man in His own image. And God decreed that man should have one body, one head, two arms and two legs… that each hand should have four fingers and one thumb…” (10-11, Wyndham). This showed how the Waknuk community almost brainwashed their youth into thinking that if God’s image of you was not to His standards then you shall be sent away
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Their definition of a Blasphemy isn’t quite clear in the ways of the mind. David and Rosalind were the first ones with a telepathic power introduced in the novel, Uncle Axel advised David to keep his and Rosalind’s ability a secret because the people of the community were scared of any difference between themselves. Uncle Axel suggested that the “true image” was closer to David and Rosalind because they could communicate from long distances using their mind, like the old people could. They can’t do that now. This suggestion changed the way David thought about his ability and his plan to run away, he knew he was more advanced than the others. The people of Waknuk are just too scared to meet a difference, especially ones they cannot

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