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The Chrysalids Character Analysis Essay

David Strorm, Character From "The Chrysalids" By John Wyndham

A beautiful city, clustered with things from inside his head, things he had never seen before, was what the young boy dreamt of. At ten years old, David met Sophie, a special young girl, taking in every detail very clearly about her. David seemed to have an attitude much more mature than his years should have brought. This may have been because he didn't feel he really had any one to truly confide in because his community was so narrow-minded whereas he wasn't. David didn't take others opinion as his own, but decided upon his own opinion, developing an eye to see things unbiased, as most young children can't do after being so strongly pressured by their parents to see things their way. David seemed kind, friendly and very helpful even though he stated he felt useless when he wasn't able to help. (p.9) As a child, David was not praised often and when Mrs. Wender complimented David, he seemed incapable of properly thanking her. (p.12)

David shows that he is very knowledgeable when he describes to us the family history, as well as the history of the community's beliefs as he knows them throughout the novel. David goes in to great detail about everything, I think David's great curiosity and wonder helps him take in all information, in hopes that he will better understand aspects of life.

When David first met Sophie's mother, he unsuccessfully tries to telepathically communicate with her, to calm her down. We later find David is telepathic, as well as Rosalind is. David lets Uncle Axel in on his little secret. Uncle Axel, from there on, is David's protector.

David wasn't one to question his loyalty to Sophie. When Alan Ervin, on older boy, saw an imprint of Sophie's foot, David took a life risking chance when fighting Alan to allow for Sophie to escape.

At such a young age, David was able to remain very strong when Sophie had to leave. His dreams showed how deeply torn he was over the subject and how he felt as if he were helpless and responsible.

After Sophie left, David tried to play out the inspector and...

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     Written by John Wyndham, The Chrysalids tells the reader about Joseph and his life, which revolves around religion. Joseph, as the reader learns, is an extremely religious, authoritive, and temper mental man. As the story progresses, Joseph’s character traits begin to show more and more. Joseph’s character traits become more prominent, and Joseph begins to choose his religion over his family. Towards the end of the novel we learn that Joseph is out to kill two of his children. Joseph is a man with many problems, which would get the best of him in the end.
     Living in Waknuk makes it extremely easy to be controlled by your religion. Joseph was a very religious man towards his family…show more content…

Aunt Harriet comes over one day to exchange her deviated baby with Mrs. Strorm’s baby for an inspection. This is against the law, so Joseph suddenly takes control. He has to prove that he is in power. To prove his authority, he has Aunt Harriet killed the next day. Another example of authority is the tail-less cat incident. Joseph finds out that the cat has no tail, and tries to control the situation. He kills the cat, only to later find out that the cat was perfectly legal. These examples all show that Joseph has the power in most situations. If he doesn't have the power, or is proven wrong, he is extremely ashamed. Joseph Strorm is very authoritive in the community of Waknuk.
     Throughout the novel The Chrysalids Joseph’s temper showed and caught the reader’s thoughts. There were many times when Joseph’s temper got the best of him. For example, when David and Petra were caught as being blasphemies. Joseph quickly joins the search party for them. He does not even care if they are his own family. His temper gets the best of him in this situation because he does not take the time to think about his family. David is caught holding a secret about a blasphemy. This sends Joseph into a mad rage. Joseph does not stop to think or calm down. He whips David until David lets the truth slip. This shows Joseph is extremely temper mental. He does not let any blasphemies get away without punishment. In the past, Joseph was caught

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