The Role Of Conformity In The Chrysalids

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Every person has something to contribute to society, regardless of age, sex or culture. The measurement of a person’s worth is determined by more than simply following rules and going through the motions. Accordingly, the combined contribution to society is more than the sum of each person. However, in The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham, the people of Waknuk live a life governed by strict social norms, which limits their expression of individuality. This pervasive attitude results in a narrow-minded perspective on what it means to be human. This contributes to a regulatory state and controlling authoritative figures. The end result of this is a stagnated society, which is intolerant of the free expression of one’s individuality and ultimately limits the advancement of society. Blind acceptance of traditions and strict social conformity can lead to the…show more content…
There are many positive reasons to embrace traditions and there is a need to introduce and enforce rules for social conformity to ensure that society can function without undue chaos. However, taken to their extremes, blind acceptance of traditions and strict social conformity can lead to the persecution and destruction of fellow human beings. In part, strict allegiance to traditions and requiring social compliance in conforming to one type of thinking can result in a “cult-like” mentality. This mentality continues if there is no opportunity to allow for creative and independent thinking. The end result is a narrow-minded perspective that can hold down others who express other opinions or live in an opposing manner. In The Chrysalids, Waknuk’s society attempts to limit the community’s interaction with those who have unique

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