Many characters in “The Chrysalids”, are motivated by fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of difference, which has lead to a life ofseclusion from other societies. The word Chrysalids is derived from chrysalis, meaning the stage, which the larvae of butterflies and moths pass through before they become adults. It could refer to the fact that life is full of changes and it will change no matter what. When the children reach Sealand it represents freedom, they are free from their fears like when a butterfly is able to fly, it is free. In the end, the characters no longer have their same fears. They have beneficial fears of the future, as they do not know what the future holds for them. If the children did not have fears they would not have been motivated to runaway and find a home where they truly belong. If the Fringes people did not have their fears, they would not have found each other. If the Waknuk community did not have fears, they would not realise that the world lives on reformation and contrast. “But life is change, that is how it differs from the rocks, change is its very nature… The idea of completed man is the supreme vanity: the finished image is a sacrilegious myth.” (182)
He soon learns that “concealment of a Blasphemy-not reporting a human deviation- is a very, very serious thing. People go to prison for it. ” (51) Due to his failure to obey the law, he is severely beaten by his father. David’s own father harms him because he does not identify the deviation immediately. Hence, the society has the will to possibly do anything to purify Waknuk of all mutants. To exterminate any blasphemies, the Strorm family “would sing a hymn while [David’s] father ceremonially slaughtered the two-headed calf, four-legged chicken, or whatever other kind of Offence it happened to be. (19) Similarly, when “a whole field had gone wrong we [Waknuk] would wait for good weather, and then set fire to it, singing hymns while it burnt. ” (19) When a deviation occurs, they act with all might to destroy it. Instead of just simply consuming the produce or disposing it, they fear disobeying their perceptions of God so the deviation is burnt, again. The head of the community, Joseph Strorm, is examining a new type of larger horse specie and “the moment he set eyes on the huge creatures standing twenty-six hands at the shoulder, he knew they were wrong” (36) Just as he sees the horse, he is disapproving of them.