What is the theme in The Chrysalids by John Wyndham?
themes in the chrysalids the danger of a limited perspective
Chapters 13, 14, 15: Life on the Fringes
Summary This lesson examines how those forced to the Fringes create their own norms, values, cultures, how they come to perceive themselves in the scheme of things. It will interrogate what we value, as individuals and as cultures, and how this impacts the choices we make and how we live our lives. Students will be asked to consider their initial predictions about the shape of the world 200 years after nuclear disaster; they will then build on the previous lesson’s connection to personal values and develop, in groups, their own projected communities, thinking about how their values intersect with or differ from the values of the communities in The Chrysalids. SCOs 6.1: Recognize and articulate information from texts that trigger personal responses 6.2: Make connections between the ideas and information presented in texts and their own experiences 6.2: Make connections among the themes, issues, and ideas expressed in texts 7.7: Explore ways texts reveal and produce ideologies, identities, and positions 7.8: Reﬂect on their responses to texts, considering their own and others’ social and cultural contexts Chart paper. Prepare list of differing values of each space (for reference during class discussion)
What are some themes in The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Summary: Three types of conflicts serve as themes in the novel Chrysalids: Person versus Self, Person versus Society, and Person versus Person. The first conflict that we will talk about is a Person vs. Self conflict in which Sophie must battle with her conscience on whether or not to tell David about her deviation of 6 toes. Sophie is hurt and must remove her shoe to stop the swelling but in that case she would have to let someone know that she is a Blasphemy, something she has so carefully hidden all her life. In letting David in on her secret, she gains a friend and David learns that people who are different are not really disgusting and evil, something he has been brought up to believe. The second conflict is a Person vs. Society. The shape-thinkers are found out and two have been captured. The community of Waknuk realizes that people have been living with a Deviation in their community all their lives and are frightened because they could not control these people.