The author, John Wyndham, stresses the harm and consequences of social isolation throughout the entire story of The Chrysalids. He indirectly conveys the message to his readers that the world must learn to cooperate with one another in order to preserve each species. This is one of the major themes in The Chrysalids, and personally, I think that it is the most important concept.
Social isolation plays a big role in The Chrysalids. The citizens of Waknuk isolate themselves from deviations/mutations because they are not considered pure and do not reflect the true image.
Joseph Strorm, an extremely meticulous man, and the residents of Waknuk continuously force deviations to live in other areas that are filled with savageness called the Fringes, so that the result in the end would be a purified village. They are pushing deviations out of their sight, so that their world can be perfect.
Wyndham’s message to the reader is how isolating yourselves from others causes violence, pain and war, and he conveys this with unceasing effort. We should try to accept others and their appearance, opinions, thoughts, actions and religious beliefs. If we do not cooperate with one another, there will be constant war between the two (or more) social groups or religions, eventually leading to the extinction of mankind.
One major factor of social isolation is the conflict between people with different beliefs and religions because of the controversies and the differences between the two or more religions.
An Event in History Relating to The Theme of Social Isolation in The Chrysalids
In 1949, China invaded Tibet, forcing the citizens of Tibet to flee from their country. Many Tibetans have died during the invasion. China disagreed with Tibet’s social structure and they abused the Tibet culture and their religious beliefs. China was afraid that the Tibetan religion and culture would rise against the government, and they wanted to control people’s lives and in order to do so, they limited other’s individual interests. After the invasion, China wanted to weaken the traditional social system and religion of Tibet, and therefore, they decided to destroy the Tibetan monasteries, temples, and cultural centres. From this information, we can conclude that some people or countries are not respecting other’s rights of religious and cultural freedom; diversity in culture should be accepted. To this day, Tibetans are forced to live in exile. Many people, including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, have been forced out of their country, and have escaped to India which is nearby Tibet. Although the feud between the two countries are not as violent now, China’s goal is still the same as it was fifty-five years ago: “total elimination of Tibetan religion and culture”.