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The Chrysalids: By John Wyndham

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Cassandra Carcasole

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Transcript of The Chrysalids: By John Wyndham

By: Cassandra Carcasole
Reason 1 (intolerance)
Reason 2 (arrogance)
Reason 3 (don't accept others who are different)
Although they did rescue the protagonists, the Sealanders in John Wyndham's "The Chrysalids", are, in reality, a dystopian society.
The Chrysalids: By John Wyndham
Thesis Statement
They are intolerant
1. Page 157, end of paragraph 1.
'"One way or another they were foredoomed
because they were an inadequate species."' --
--Sealand Lady to Rosalind.

2. Page 196, paragraph 2.
'".....in loyalty to our kind, we cannot tolerate their obstruction."' --Sealand Lady to Petra, David, Rosalind, and Michael.

3. Page 196, end of paragraph 4.
'"...we are not dogmatists teaching God how He should have ordered the world."' --Sealand Lady to Petra, David, Rosalind, and Michael.

Secondary Source Quote
They are arrogant
Arrogance Quotes continued
3. Page 196, paragraph 4.
'"For ours is a superior variant, and we are only just beginning. We are able to think-together and understand one another as they never could; we are beginning to understand how to assemble and apply the composite team-mind to a problem--and where may that not take us one day?"'--Sealand lady to Petra, David, Rosalind, and Michael.
Secondary Source Quote
They don't accept people who are different from them.
Page 145-146 (bottom of 145, top of 146).
'"She says," Petra amplified, "that people who can only talk with words have something missing. She says we ought to be sorry for them, because, however old they grow, they'll never be able to understand one another much better. They'll have to be one-at-a-times always, never think-togethers."'--Petra says this.

Page 146, paragraph 2.
'"Well, she says we ought to because they have to live very dull, stupid lives compared with think-picture people," Petra said, somewhat sententiously.'--Petra says this.

Exclusion Quotes continued.
3. Bottom of page 156.
'"There was, you see, no real communication, no understanding between them. They could, at their best, be near-sublime animals, but not more."'--Sealand lady to Rosalind.
Secondary Source Quote
"The Pain of Social Rejection" by Kirsten Weir; American Psychological Association.

"Clearly, there are good reasons to better understand the effects of being excluded. 'Humans have a fundamental need to belong. Just as we have needs for food and water, we also have needs for positive and lasting relationships," says C. Nathan DeWall, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky. "This need is deeply rooted in our evolutionary history and has all sorts of consequences for modern psychological processes,"
"Arrogance: Personality & Spirituality" From the book "Distinctions between Self-Esteem and Narcissism." By Dr. Lilian Katz.
"Arrogance is a way of manipulating others' perceptions of yourself in order to avoid taking a "hit" to your self-esteem. In this case, however, the basic strategy is to get others to see you as special, perfect or flawless--diverting attention from your ordinary imperfections, weaknesses and failings--and thereby keeping your self-esteem artificially inflated."
The Chicago Tribune News: "Learn Tolerance" by: Dick Bonner
"A gift to suit all the people of the world would be tolerance. From Daniel Webster: 'Freedom from bigotry or prejudice, tolerance of views, beliefs, practices, etc., of others that differ from our own.'"
Recap of thesis and main points:
What is a dystopian society?
A dystopia is "an imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror".(thefreedictionary.com)
Although they did rescue the protagonists, the Sealanders in John Wyndham's "The Chrysalids" are in reality a dystopian society.
This is shown through:
1. Their intolerance
2. Their arrogance
3. Their exclusion of anyone different
Questions to consider!
When have I been intolerant, arrogant, or not accepted someone for who they are?
The opposite of a Utopia, meaning a perfect world or society.
How will these negatively affect the person they are being displayed to?
How can I practice being more tolerant, less arrogant, and more accepting of others?
~Author Unknown~
1. Page 146, paragraph 2.
"We let her prattle on. It was difficult to make sense of a lot of the things she said, and possibly she had not got them right, anyway, but one thing that did stand out clearly was that these Sealanders, whoever and wherever they were, thought no small beans of themselves."--David.

2. Page 157, paragraph 2.
"It occurred to me again that these Sealanders had no little opinion of themselves."--David.

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