The definition of the chrysalis is anything in the process of changing or developing or the metamorphosis of a butterfly in a cocoon. John Wyndham used this to show how the characters in this novel change and transform from the old people and the True image. The novel takes place in Newfoundland after a nuclear holocaust in WWII where only small parts of the world are civilized while the rest is wild and radiated. Where the protagonist David along with his friends and many others has been mutated by the radiation at birth.
The author is comparing this change to the chrysalis of a butterfly but along with these changes they are not fitting in with the rest of society and are persecuted for it. In the novel, The Chrysalids, John Wyndham focuses on the dangers of strict social conformity. He also suggests that blind acceptance of tradition results in persecution, rebellion and ultimately destruction.
At the beginning of the story, the author shows the society here is very religious and show they have a strict social conformity everything there has to fit their idea of a true image of god, If it does not fit it is destroyed, or if it is a human they are banished to the fringes.
The fringes are very deviated land where they put blasphemies to try and survive but they hope for them to die. anything that defied the true image was satanic God decreed that man should have one body, one head, two arms and two legs: that each arm should be joined in two places and end in one hand: that each hand should have four fingers and one thumb: that each finger should bear a flat finger-nail…Then God created woman, also, in the same image, but with these differences, according to her nature: her voice would be of higher pitch than man’s: she should grow no beard: she should have two breasts- David Storm .
This was taught to them through their lives and lived by that is the true image of god anything not like it was a blasphemy. People who can hide this past the…