the novel The Chrysalids, the setting is a very important part of the
story and shows why society in Waknuk works the way it is. The novel's setting
is in the future after what we believe was total atomic nuclear devastation of
setting in the book describes Waknuk as being quite a normal society, but the
further you go away from it, the worse the setting becomes. Waknuk is mostly
farm land, with forests and a mountain nearby. Next there is the Wild Country,
where there is a fifty percent chance of having an animal breed genetically
incorrect animals. The plants are mostly normal, but often you will find some
strange and often savage animals and plants. After the Wild Country are the
Fringes, where there is strange vegetation and people who roam the lands who are
outlaws. The Badlands are as far as the habitants of Waknuk know, which is just
like black desert stretching for hundreds of miles with not a single living
thing to dot the landscape.
society is very strict to "keep pure the stock of the Lord" and to
"watch for the mutant". Any deviation was of the devil, and was to be
burned, killed, or thrown into the Fringes. There was an inspector who inspected
babies, people, and other things which could be a deviation of the true image of
God, or was not of the proper look or type. It was wrong to even talk about
being like a mutant, as when David's father gets very upset because David was
talking about if he had another arm.
first nice setting was when David was in the woods and met Sophie for the first
time. He had been sliding down a sandy runnel, and wanted Sophie to do it too.
of the reasons why the setting is important is also because the areas around
Waknuk do not keep the pure stock of the Lord, and are considered to be of the
devil. The setting shows us why they feel is is required to keep only normal
animals in Waknuk, or they would multiply and cause chaos.