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Good Morning, Kind Sirs And Ma’am. DO Give us your fullest attention as well as a healthy amount of marks. Now we shall begin our presentation. The Chrysalids Topic: Courage. Group Members: Anthony Lim Jun Hong (1) Peng Wei Xing (18)
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Group Members: Anthony Lim Jun Hong (1)
Peng Wei Xing (18)
Mark Wee (25)
Yong Wen Shiuan (31)
Conflict between Emily Strorm and Aunt Harriet over Harriet’s baby
Aunt Harriet’s courage to stand up to her plan to conceal her child despite the consequences of going against society VS Emily’s fear of repercussions from Joseph and the law and wish to conform to society
This conflict arises as a result of the different values held by Aunt Harriet and Emily Strorm, who represents the Waknuk society that David resides in. Aunt Harriet’s brazen request to her sister, Emily Strorm to adhere to her plan of swapping babies, knowing her overbearing husband is strongly against the concealment of Blasphemies, exemplifies her courage. Whereas Emily Strorm’s submissiveness to her husband and his religious beliefs and fear of repercussions overpowers her commitment to her fellow sister.
This incident brings out the fact that the conflict is not merely occurring directly between Aunt Harriet and Emily Strorm, but also between Aunt Harriet’s courage to ask her sister to do something against her principles and the law and her sister’s fear of the consequences she could potentiallt=y face as well as her unwillingness to go against society.
It is impossible for the minority to go up against the majority and win
Based on the above, the theme that can be articulated is given below:
Courage to stand up for one’s beliefs against a majority is ultimately futile.
Quote 1: ‘I couldn’t help it, Sophie,’ I sobbed, ‘I couldn’t help it.’ (pg. 45)
The quote shows that David, after being severely punished by Joseph Strorm, eventually gave in to him and told him about Sophie, Martie and John Wender. Though he had the courage to keep mum in front of his own father and stand up for his beliefs, it was all for nothing as in the end, he lost and divulged the information to Joseph, who represents the majority of the Waknuk society in this conflict.
The quote shows that despite Katherine’s efforts to not betray their friends, she eventually gives in under torture. This is another example of how the minority’s courage which in this case, is Sally and Katherine, will prove futile against a majority (the torturers and society in general).
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