Social Construction In The Chrysalids

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The Problem of Social Construction, Social Convention vs. The Real Human Life Social convention and social construction are both constructed by people, in a way for them to describe their behaviors and opinions. Everyone is created and loved by God, for they are unique in their own ways, with a mind and heart, and with dreams and hopes. The Chrysalids is a story that shows how imperfect society truly is. With different opinions and people who do not fit in with society, rules get broken. When social convention and social construction go against reality, nobody knows what to believe in. Discrimination is a huge theme throughout the story, and it is not a coincidence that this is real world problem. In The Chrysalids, a “deviation” is anyone or anything that does not follow the creed of Waknuk: “Man should have one body, one head, two arms and two legs, that each hand should have four fingers and one thumb: that each finger should bear a flat fingernail…” (Ch.1: pg. 10-11) “ and each leg shall be jointed twice and have one foot, and each foot five toes, and each toe shall end with a flat nail” (Ch.1: pg.13) People differently coloured, differently gender, or generally different from what society would consider normal, would be treated unfairly. These people are considered real life deviations, and are unable to complete certain tasks due to how they are born. “ The eldest son. The heir. Waknuk should be mine.” (Ch.14: pg.160) In this quote Gordon Strorm explains that he would have been in charge of Waknuk if he was not a deviation. This can be related to bullying. A bully mistreats a person when they are jealous or afraid. It could be with happiness, or intelligence, or just because that person is di... ... middle of paper ... ...ording to Waknuk law, a husband could send his wife away if she gave birth to three deviations. Not everyone agrees with this creed, but due to the few disagreers, people conform to the more popular opinion. “I don't know where my mother was, perhaps she was afraid of my father.” (Ch.5: pg. 52) In this quote David questions as to if his mother fears his father. In the Chrysalids it shows that women are devoted towards their husbands, and side with them on their views on deviations. When social convention and social construction go against reality, nobody knows what to believe in. Many years have past, but nothing has changed. Since the beginning of life, society has always been selfish. Whatever you think is right, another person will have an opposite opinion. Humanity will never change. There will always be discrimination and there will always be judgement.

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