The Chrysalids By John Wyndham: Character Analysis

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The Chrysalids by John Wyndham portrays the lead protagonist as inquisitive and intelligent. Among the people of Waknuk, David questions the beliefs he has been taught. David doesn’t fear change; the complexity fascinates him. David quotes “The ways of the world were puzzling”, in his opinion. Lime yellow indicates young Strorm’s growth and curiosity. The shape of a pointed-up triangle represents the maturation of David’s masculinity. The triangle is equal on all three sides, this symbolizes David’s physical appearance. David’s personal attributes suit the norm, yet within he possesses a deviation. David is witty and compassionate; red and royal blue symbolize these traits. Confusion and emptiness penetrate David’s soul. Dark grey expresses his bewilderment. John Wyndham’s Chrysalids showcases Sophie as the supporting…show more content…
His narrow-mindedness and disproportional beliefs cause Strorm to be the polar-opposite of his son David. Joseph symbolizes the security and structure of a square. Strorm cannot think out of the whirlpool of lies that he has set for Waknuk citizens to remain in. Joseph believes citizens can surpass the Old People who endured Tribulation. Dark black, red and indigo represent Joseph’s foreseeable wrath and dictatorial behaviour towards religious tenets. The intellectual post-apocalyptic novel The Chrysalids by John Wyndham mentions Alan Ervin, a minor character that causes tremendous havoc. Alan follows the rules set for Waknuk, blindly. He believes that the Norm in Waknuk is “The Will of God”. Ervin will harm abnormal people, to uphold his teachings. Alan signifies a spark of lightning. Lightning is dangerous, stealthy and powerful. It hits the ground thunderously, as does Alan’s devious ploys bring misfortune for mutant Sophie. Red, black, indigo and green signify Ervin’s bigoted beliefs and envy, provoking

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