First of all, the authority figures in Waknuk use religion to manipulate in order to oppress those not considered 'the norm '. The religious teachings and doctrine are used as propaganda to assimilate the people of Waknuk. “The Definition of Man” is the purity standard by which is a means to govern society. David is familiar with the religious teachings:
"THE NORM IS THE WILL OF GOD, and, REPRODUCTION IS THE ONLY HOLY PRODUCTION, and, THE DEVIL IS THE FATHER OF DEVIATION, and a number of others about offences and Blasphemies." (Wyndham 18)
David learns the religious teachings which serve as a method of control to maintain order. These teachings build community and trust among the citizens of Waknuk. However, the religious doctrine is...
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...raid of being overrun by these Deviations which they perceive as intolerable evil and the ‘Devil’s work’. As a result, strict conformity with the purity standard is set up.
“And any creature that shall seem to be human, but is not formed thus is not human. It is neither man, nor woman. It is a blasphemy against the true image of God, and hateful in the sight of God.” (chapter 1)
Knowing no better, they turned to their Purity laws to protect themselves, and the extent of their fears cause them to become obsessive about maintaining these laws to the extent of harming innocent children who are born with defects.
In conclusion, the Waknuk society uses “The Definition of Man” in an unjust manner in order to manipulate and oppress those not considered ‘the norm’. Wyndham uses this to comment on society false perception of thinking perfection is the only way of thinking.
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