2The chrysalids What is a Chrysalid? Why the title? Chrysalids refers to chrysalisis, which is the transformation of a caterpiller to a butterflyWhy the title?
3The chrysalids The Setting Waknuk – David’s home town and name of father’s farmLabrador – Christian civilization following the “Tribulation.” Society matches the 1700s-1800s.Capital of Rigo, Island of NewfWild CountryFringes – Lawless land full of danger and mutationsBadlands – Dangerous areaBlack Coasts – Dangerous area affected by radiationSealand – Technology exists here. Universal telepathy
4The chrysalids The Setting Society is based on farming and agriculture People are controlled by rigid beliefs about morals and religionReligious beliefs are cruel and OPPRESSIVEPeople believe TRIBULATION caused world to be this way as a punishment from God“OLD PEOPLE” refers to us – the current readersRadiation has caused mutationsChrysalids is a novel set in the future with a setting of the past
5The Chrysalids Social Life Purpose in life is dealing with Tribulation Need to follow ETHICS to climb back into God’s graceChurch is the ultimate authority“Rules” found in Nicholson’s RepentancesAnything not normal must be destroyedAnything not normal is an insult to GodMankind’s greatest duty is to see that the human form is kept true and properNicholson’s Repentances describes true human form
6The chrysalids Chapters 2-4 CHAPTER 2 History of David’s family and householdBackground: Religious family – Focus on “Repentances” and BibleDavid’s father (JOSEPH) – Strict religious leader. Grandfather (ELIAS) – Founder of WaknukIndividuals responsible to watch for BLASPHEMIES and OFFENSES – Including killing animalsInformation about Blasphemies and their relationship with the Pure People (Raiding farms)
7The chrysalids Chapters 2-4 CHAPTER 3 David spending more time with SophieSteam Engine: Technology of Old PeopleTension between Sophie’s Dad and DavidDavid remembers getting a splinter and nobody helps him at home so he wishes to his father for a third arm. Gets punished – pray to God, received beatingDavid dreams of Sophie being killed by JosephDavid wants Sophie’s Dad to trust him
8The chrysalids Chapters 2-4 CHAPTER 4 Telepathy with cousin Rosalind Uncle Axel finds out but keeps it a secretDavid’s telepathy = Sophie’s toeGroup of telepathic people get together to keep secret: David and Rosalind, Michael, Rachel and Anne, Sally and Katherine, and Mark.Fringe people planning on invading Waknuk. Some are captured and appear normalOne guy looks like David’s father but has long arms and legs: Spider-ManUncle Angus: loves to annoy Joseph. Argument about selective breeding: Giant horses and tail-less catDavid spends more time with Sophie and starts teaching her school stuff
9The Chrysalids Theme THEME: Theme is the main topic, lesson, or idea that is the focus of a story/narrativeNovels often explore more than one themeWhat THEMES have been introduced?Comment on Our SocietyGenocideReligionCONFLICT:Conflict is the tension or problem between different forces or characters in a story.You should already know conflict from short stories. Conflict includes:Character vs. CharacterCharacter vs. NatureCharacter vs. SocietyCharacter vs. SelfChangeWhat types of CONFLICT have you seenin The Chrysalids so far?David vs. Waknuk BeliefsJoseph vs. BlasphemiesFringe People vs. Waknuk
10The Chrysalids Character CHARACTER SKETCH: A character sketch is a description of the different TRAITS of a character, including their personality, relationships, emotions, and actions based on events in the story.Character’s ACTIONS lead to TRAITS, which are words that describe the character.RelationshipsPersonalityFamily: Mom and DadProtectiveSophieLovingUncle AxelDavidCuriousOther telepathic kidsEnergeticEmotionsActionsAngerDishonouring FatherGuiltBefriends SophieCuriosityWants to Run AwaySadnessDefends friends
11The Chrysalids Chapters 5-6 CHAPTER 5 Spring proves to be free of DeviationsWaknuk wins “Purity Record” – All good!David and Sophie sneak off togetherWhile fishing barefoot, they meet Allan, who finds a “peculiar footprint” – says he will tell everyoneDavid attacks Allan and he’s knocked unconsciousSophie and David tell Sophie’s parents. Family forced to disappearDavid returns home and finds Inspector at houseDavid lies about knowing Sophie. Receives beatingDavid worried about telling/holding secrets (THEME)
12The Chrysalids Chapters 5-6 CHAPTER 6 David uses telepathy to talk to friends about SophieDavid has vivid dreams about Big CityInspector continues to question DavidDavid begins doubting his culture/beliefsJoseph announces that Sophie’s family has been capturedUncle Axel and David discuss the world beyond WaknukRigo (Capital); Black Coasts; “Unspeakable monstrosities”David learns of different races outside of Waknuk – and that each believes they are the “true image of God” (Comment on different religions / THEME)Axel and David talk about telepathy. Eight people other than David, though eighth person hasn’t answeredAxel will find out what happened to this person
13The Chrysalids Dystopia Why is the world such a dark, bad place in the future in so many novels and films?Challenge Leadership/GovernemntWarningSocial CommentaryWhat THEMES are you seeing in the novel so far?MAKING CONNECTIONS:-text to text-text to world-text to selfHow does The Chrysalids compare to other novels/films that explore similar ideas?
14The Chrysalids Chapters 7-9 CHAPTER 7 David’s mother gives birth. Child must be certified “normal” before it is allowed to existTension between Joseph Strorm and InspectorPetra Strorm certified as normalDavid’s Aunt Harriet comes with new baby – uncertified because not normalHarriet wants to borrow Petra for certification. Answer is no. Harriet chased out of house by JosephHarriet found dead next day by a river. Baby is not there.
15The Chrysalids Chapters 7-9 CHAPTER 8 Harriet is wiped from knowledge/existence after her deathSuggestion that her death was a suicideDavid prays to lose his ability – just wants to be normalAxel helps David calm downMissing Telepathic boy died in a wood-cutting accidentReader is introduced to other telepathic children. Michael teaches rest of kids new information (he lives in a different area)Chapter ends with a new Telepathic person revealed
16The Chrysalids Chapters 7-9 CHAPTER 9 Big jump in time. Now six years later.David gets urge to run – runs to river and finds Petra about to drownRosalind comes, too. People suspicious of how they knew to helpDavid fears that Petra will be killed. Tries to telepathically warn her.Last year was a bad year for Deviations. Lots of “purgings”Old-Timers blame Deviations on “corruption in government and carelessness in youth” (SOCIAL COMMENTARY HERE?)Society getting paranoid – fearing new Tribulation (More COMMENTARY)Everything calming down until Anne (telepathic person) announces she is going to get married
17The Chrysalids Chapters 10-12 CHAPTER 10 Anne marrying “normal” son of man who discovered Sophie’s secretTelepathic group uneasy and warn against marriage. Anne blocks them outUncle Axel suggests considering killing Anne to protect secret of groupAnne marries and cuts off connections with groupDavid falls in love with Rosalind but this is kept secret as their bond formsAnne’s husband found dead six months after marriageAnne is found in her house dead, a victim of suicideLetter Anne left found by an illiterate neighbour. Letter calls out telepathic group. Letter is destroyed.All tension relaxes.
18The Chrysalids Chapters 10-12 CHAPTER 11 Next Spring is very quiet. Few Deviations (none beloning to family of Allan (the Mortons) or Joseph StrormPetra is growing up. Takes off into a forbidden forest on her pony.David feels urge to run. Calls Michael and Rosalind to join her. They find a freaky Deviation eating Petra’s pony. Deviation killed and Petra rescued.All other Telepathic People also meet in forestGroup agrees on how to deal with Petra’s calls as David tries to teach his sister about what’s going on with her mind. Petra reveals she hears people from far awayUncle Axel suggests people are becoming suspicious of David. Axel killed Allan because he was telling people about the Group.Group ready to leave if people come after them.
19The Chrysalids Chapters 10-12 CHAPTER 12 David receives a messages that some of the telepathic kids – the Chrysalids – have been captured. He calls Petra and Rosalind and with a horse, the three leave Waknuk.Group is followed and kills a man who threatens them. Secrecy and stealth are key.Find out Katherine being tortured by Inspector and is revealing information.Inspector issues reward for capture of David, Rosalind, and Petra so he can learn about the Chrysalids and prevent the Deviations from happening again.David decides to head to Fringes. Michael plans to fake their deaths to protect them.Petra starts communicating with a mystery girl. The group head towards her. David realizes this is a girl from his dreams.
20The Chrysalids Chapters 13-15 CHAPTER 13 David, Petra, and Rosalind continue their journey to and through FringesGroup meets a man – they attack him but do not kill himPetra continues to talk with girl from David’s dreamsPetra must be protected at all costs. Girl communicates that help is on the wayMichael tells group that they are being pursued by Waknuk forcesGroup hides in woods from pursuersSomething falls on David knocking him unconscious
21The Chrysalids Chapters 13-15 CHAPTER 14 David awakens to realize they have been captured by Fringe peopleDavid and Rosalind now able to communicate with girl from dreams. She is from Sealand.David meets up with Spider Man. Readers learn that this is David’s uncleBackground: David’s uncle’s deformity was discovered four years after his birth. His mother saved him from death but the man – Gordon – still vows revenge on the people of Waknuk – especially his brother.Fringe people decide to keep the two girls for “breeding purposes”David forced to accept this and is taken out of the village and beaten until unconcious.
22The Chrysalids Chapters 13-15 CHAPTER 15 David wakes up to being dragged along ground – by his old friend…Sophie!Sophie explains that she is in love with Gordon (Spider Man) but she was rendered infertile because of her deformity upon her banishment from Waknuk.Sophie is jealous of Rosalind and Petra because of their ability to bear childrenSophie and David form a plan to rescue Rosalind and Petra.Michael is contacted and informs them that the pursuers are making slow progress tracking the three fugitives because of Fringe people attacks.Sophie explains her plan to rescue the girls from Gordon’s tentAs girls are rescued, Sophie is seen leaving Gordon’s tent cleaning blood from her hands
23The Chrysalids Chapters 16-17 CHAPTER 16 Sophie joins David, Rosalind and Petra but warns them to lay low as Fringe people will miss their “breedable women”Jealousy between Rosalind and SophieMichael and Waknuk people approaching. Girl from Sealand coming, tooFight between Waknuk people and Fringe people. David considers confronting his fatherSealand girl convinces David to let go of his father and the way of life he represents – dying views of society (discrimination, etc.)Joseph Strorm killed by his brother, Gordon. Spider Man then dies, too.Sophie pummeled by several arrows and diesRandom ship shows up and shoots a spider web-like substance on everyone, paralyzing them.
24The Chrysalids Chapters 16-17 DUEX EX MACHINA An unexpected (and sometimes unrealistic) intervention that rescues the story’s protagonist(s) to resolve the story’s conflict.PROTAGONIST:The HERO of the story. The person trying to solve the main conflict or ANTAGONIST of the story.WHAT IS THE MAIN CONFLICT?Society: Accepting differencesWaknuk people vs. Fringe peopleEveryone is dying…Gordon, Joseph, SophieAnd then a spaceship comes out of nowhere and saves our main characters, taking them away from the main fight.
25The Chrysalids Chapters 16-17 CHAPTER 17 David cannot move. He talks to Michael, wondering if they should have run away from the space craftRandom woman calms their fears as doors open and removes main characters from the webs. Figure dressed in white from head to toe.Woman talks about training and teaching PetraWoman explains that the ship has limited fuel so can’t save anyone else – and that everyone else caught in the web is dead“Unfortunate but necessary price to pay for the survival of their species”Petra communicates to other Chrysalids that the group is safe and they will return to rescue them in the futureGroup heads to Sealand. David recognizes it from his dreams. They hear conversation of entire society speaking telepathically.
26The Chrysalids Plot Review 4. 7. 2. 6. 1. 5. 3. Fight between Waknuk and Fringes4.PLOT GRAPHIntroductionInciting IncidentRising ActionClimaxFalling ActionResolutionConclusion3.Capture of Sophie and familyConflict between StrormsSuspicion of ChrysalidsGroup runs from Waknuk5.David abandons fatherMany deathsArrive at city. All happy7.2.David begins to question rules6.Sealand woman rescue1.Intro to Waknuk society-David, Sophie, Joseph