A Brave New World
apologia - superior variant
- This final chapter is designed to close the plot of the story, and leave the reader with things to think about. Initially, this is done by destroying the Fringes people and the Waknuk posse. How does the Sealand woman justify this? Do you agree with her explanation? Why or why not? Be careful to look at both sides of the issue.
- In the description of the relationships between David and Rosalind, and between Rachel and Michael, the author points towards the most redeeming quality of the human race. What is it?
- At the end of the story, David recognize the great city in Sealand as the city of his dream. Why does the novel begin and end with that vision?
- The basic structure of events traces the movement of David's own self-discovery. Mention the four stages in this process of discovery.
- In your own words describe the Setting of the novel. Make sure to mention both the geographical and social settings.
- All novels have a theme. What is the major theme in The Chrysalids?
- Give a short character sketch of: (a) David, (b) Rosalind, (c) Petra, (d) Sophie, (e) Old Jacob, (f) The Inspector, (g) Alan Ervin, (h) Joseph Strorm, (i) Emily Strorm, (j) Harriet Strorm, (k) Angus Morton, (l) Uncle Axel, (m) The Wenders, (n) Anne, (o) Michael
Pyramid of Action
The plot of The Chrysalid is made up of a number of episodes or separate incidents. These incidents are connected in some way so that the plot is tied together.
The Chrysalids breaks down into a traditional five-part plot structure. These parts are as follows:
- exposition - an introduction to the main characters, settings, and situations of the plot
- rising action - the events and complications that lead to an important and dramatic point in the plot
- climax - the point of greatest interest and emotional involvement in the plot
- falling action - the events that develop from the climax and lead to the conclusion
- resolution or denouement - the final outcome which ties up any loose ends left in the story
This structure can be depicted as a lopsided pyramid, with two base lines.
Below is a list of major episodes in The Chrysalids. Copy these episodes on a chart in your notebook (similar to the chart found on the next page) in the order in which they occur.
After you finish putting the events in proper order, turn the diagram sideways and draw the pyramid diagram (right over your answers in a different colour ink) to reflect where the five elements of the plot occur. Then label the parts of the pyramid.
Note: Your pyramid may look lopsided (one side longer than the other).
- Petra, through her awesome telepathic powers, gets in touch with a distant civilization in New Zealand (Sealand).
- David meets Sophie Wender and discovers that she is a physical deviant with six toes on each foot.
- David sees his aunt driven to suicide because she has given birth to a deviant baby.
- David, Rosalind, and Petra flee to the Fringes, where they are pursued by the people of Waknuk, including David's own father.
- The birth of David's little sister, Petra, causes innumerable problems.
- Under torture Katherine and then Sally admit that David, Rosalind, and Petra also have the ability of mind reading.
- In the Fringes, David, Rosalind, and Petra are captured by the deviate inhabitants.
- David, Petra, and Rosalind escape per helicopter to New Zealand.
- David is concerned for his own personal safety when he realizes that he and his group of E.S.P. friends are also deviants
- As a child, David has learned the strict morality of his society: "Watch Thou for the Mutant," "The Norm is the Will of God," and "The Devil is the Father of Deviation."