The driven state of fear gives humans the power to destroy. “The Chrysalids” by John Wyndham and the historical event of African American slavery demonstrate the consequences of the power of fear. Differences within human beings create fear that makes people discriminate against those that are different. Misconnections of religious values within human beings allow people to torture others. Defending a discrepancy within the human race create anxiety that makes people kill others. By examining prejudice, torture and death, it is proven that consequences lie within the power of fear.
Human beings who are different from normal humans become a suspect of prejudice. In The Chrysalids, the people of Waknuk endlessly strive to purify the “True Image of God”. The Waknukians, on the other hand, fear deviations that are sent by the devil to show impurity in God’s creation of Man. Consequently, if someone in Waknuk were to be caught with a deviation or a blasphemed body, they would be harshly punished. For example, when David first met Sophie, he discovered that Sophie has 6 toes and is considered a blasphemy. Afterwards, Sophie’s mom finds out that David discovered Sophie’s secret. She explained that ““If anyone were to find out, they’d – they’d be terribly unkind to her.” (Wyndham 12).
I wrote this paper for English, but it may go under social issues because it reflects upon the unnecessary fear of nuclear power. PAPER FOLLOWS During the beginning of the 1980 s, the United States had approximately 100 nuclear power generators nationwide. Unfortunately, that number remains about the same today. The growth of nuclear power as a viable energy source has been largely hindered due to ...
This reveals that the society in which David lives in fears deviations or any person who does not fit the Definition of Man. In contrast to the history of African American slavery, African Americans were considered a threat to the United States of America because of their skin color. They were deprived of their civil rights and discriminated against the Whites, in the workplace, in school, in the social community, and in sports. African Americans were known as slaves during this time, doing hard labor jobs for very little income and very low quality of life. The discrimination that the African Americans faced shows the power of fear that generated among the White citizens of America. This reveals that human beings who are different are discriminated against. Therefore, humans fear others who are different in appearance.
The fear of impurities within religious and human beliefs allows people to torture others. In The Chrysalids, everyone living within the region of Waknuk is pure to the image of God. Anyone who was not pure to the image of God is thought to be a deviation and should be tortured. For instance, David is tormented by Joseph Storm for calling upon the impurities of the Definition of Man. Even though David is the son of Joseph Storm, the fear of his own son talking about impurities of the Norm results in David getting tormented. Joseph Storm said to David, “Were you, or were you not, expressing dissatisfaction with the form of the body God gave you – the form in His own image?” (Wyndham 27).
Joseph Storm heard David’s wish upon a third hand and thought that his own son was expressing dissatisfaction with the Norm. A slight impurity between the images of the Norm brought on the power of fear. Similarly, in the history of African American slavery, the African Americans were always being considered as the lower part of the hierarchical society in America. At that time, the white people believed that since the African Americans are black, they should not be respected among the normal citizens of America. On the contrary, the African Americans believed everyone should be treated equally with respect and not judged by their skin color. Because of this, African Americans fought for the freedom they deserve. As a result, the Americans disagreed and feared the impurity of the human beliefs that were among the Africans. This reveals that the fears of impurities among human religious beliefs allow people to be tortured.
The New cHaOtiC World Three completely different cultures clashed together and triggered the confusions all three worlds had against each other. All their misunderstandings then turned into a whole New World that still remains. Today, this New World is one of the main confinements for crimes. Religiously, the complexity of the unfamiliar Gods they believe existed had caused the big misconception. ...
The power of fear that emerges from defending a discrepancy within the human race encourages people to kill. In The Chrysalids, the group of telepathies is trying to protect their identity as a deviated group in the Waknukian society. The telepathies, on the other hand, must not develop relationships with a Norm, or else the safety of all telepathies will be at risk. For instance, when Uncle Axel found out that Anne, a member of the telepathic group had a relationship with Alan, a Norm, the fear that generated within Uncle Axel that the identity of the telepathies will be revealed, encouraged Axel to kill Alan. Uncle Axel said “All the same, it had to be done – and quickly. Alan wasn’t a fool. He’d see to it that he was covered. Before he actually began on you he’d have had a written deposition somewhere to be opened in the event of his death. It’d had been a pretty nasty situation for all of you…” (Wyndham 119).
For the safety of the group, and the fear of losing their secret identity, Uncle Axel killed Alan. Similarly, in African American slavery, African Americans continuously fought for their civil rights in the USA and defended their argument that no one should be judged according to their skin color and everyone should be treated equally with respect. The fear that emerged within the Americans persuaded them to harmfully and violently abuse African Americans in slavery. Thousands of African Americans were killed in slavery because of the power of fear among the Americans at that time. This shows that the power of fear allows people to kill those that are protecting their differences in the human race.
In conclusion, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham and the historical event of African American slavery demonstrate the consequences of the power of fear. Humans who have different appearances than normal people are put into prejudice. Fear of impurities within a religion allows humans to torture others. The power of fear allows humans to kill those that defend their discrepancy against the human race. Therefore, by examining prejudice, torture and death, it is proven that consequences lie within the power of fear. The power of fear is the power to destroy.