Why the Residents of Waknuk Are Getting Further Away from Perfection

The dangers of people believing they belong to a superior race or group
Kapilan Bavananthan

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham follows a boy named David who grows up in a primitive and religious village called Waknuk. In this post-apocalyptic world mutants are popping up everywhere after a mysterious “Tribulation” and to preserve the “true image of god” and avoid another Tribulation the people of Waknuk punish, torture, banish and kill all deviants. David, who has mixed feelings about mutants, discovers that he and his loved ones are deviants themselves and flees to the unknown Sealand. The Chrysalids show the dangers of people believing that they belong to a superior race or group for the following reasons.
The people of Waknuk believe that they are superior to all other races, which leads to their destruction. They constantly compare themselves to god. For example, David’s dad says “The Norm is the Image of God” (Wyndham, 27). With this mentality they feel the need to take on his role, deciding who is in and who is out and banish the mutants to the Fringes. This is not only unjust, but also greatly weakens their community, losing valuable citizens who could contribute to their society. The people of Waknuk also start a war, making the Fringes people feel abandoned and desperate for revenge. Their segregation constantly comes back to bite them with the Fringes people raiding them and destroying their crops. Their final battle leads to their ultimate defeat with the Sealand woman slaughtering almost all of the village’s men. If they had received the deviants into their village with open arms none of this would have happened.
The people of Sealand may seem arrogant just like the people of Waknuk, but they do not believe that they are superior. They accept all races into their community and value everybody as equals. They may disapprove of Waknuk’s beliefs, but they do not pretend to be higher beings. They understand that the world is vast and that there is much...