The illusion of a Utopia


The effect of hypocrisy, Ignorance and judgement





Is the ideal of a Utopia a realistic paragon that might someday come true, or just a segment of an over‑socialist mind set? Although many might think that it is possible, John Wingham, in his novel The C hrysalids, tried to prove to us that every society has its flaws therefore making the ideal of a Utopia unthinkable and absurd. In this text, I will prove to you that perfect societies are, and will remain, nonexisting by showing you, in relation to the novel, that ignorance, hypocrisy and discrimination are present in every society and that they obstruct the passage to a flawless world.


"WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT!"1 This is not just a warning. For many villagers from Waknuk, this is a way of life which considers not only the nonacceptance of deviate, but also their prosecution as necessary. This is clearly a sign of ignorance. Most of the population believes blindly everything their religion says without ever doubting it. For example, many farmers will burn a vital part of their crops because they contain a minor deviation. This factor is also present in our society. Many people will follow their religion or their cult into committing acts that go against their moral sense. Some might even commit suicide in order to be eligible to go in some spiritual spaceship. Ignorance is a fact of life that will always remain, for it is simply impossible to know everything, but for as long as we possess it, the human race will never see itself go into a state of mental freedom. Ignorance pushes upon our kind many incompetence.


Secondly, our society will never evolve if we keep that felling of hypocrisy. In The Chrysalids , every society is dominated by this feeling. In Waknuk, a village which is founded on the belief that "THE DEVIL IS THE FATHER OF DEVIATION "2, the hypocrite corruption goes from the most religious of the villagers, to the government. Joseph Storm, one of the most anti‑deviate inhabitant of Waknuk had a baby girl. "No event (at least in literature) is happier than when a baby is born"3. Yet for a whole day, with the baby’s noisy howling ringing in their ears, the Storm household pretends that Petra doesn’t exist. If the inspector had not giving her a certificate, this attitude might have continued. Then, there is the great horses which represent one of the clearest concept of hypocrisy in this novel. Two horses that can do that work of two each with less than double the feed are sure to benefit the society. But according to the population’s belief, they sould be killed Joseph Storm defends this point of view and the whole moral sense of the community. I don’t believe it,’ my father told them. God never made horses the size of these. The Government can’t have approved them4." Yet the horses are still approved. The Fringes also possess that sentiment. They talked about how the Waknuk society judging them and affiliating them with the Devil and then they ruin it all with a quick comment saying to David that "it’s [his] parts [of the country] where the Devil’s hanging on and looking after his own people"5. The Sealanders are not better in that aspect. They call Waknuk and the Fringes "primitive" races and don’t hesitate to crush them like meaningless insects. Hypocritically, they spent all their energy and time trying to evolve, trying to bring their society to a new technologic level, all along, push by the fear of being a relatively primitive race mistreated just like they mistreat the others.


The third human state of mind that abolishes the chance of a earthly paradise is discrimination. In this novel, every society has some sort of bigotry against the other. The Waknuk society sees the Fringes as the tool of the Devil and tries to annihilate them. This society believes that "THE NORM IS THE WILL OF GOD"6. They judge that the norm is how the bible describes it. But according to Dr. Michael Hughes from University of Rhode Island, "there really is no true or perfect human image nor can it be proven right by using religious theories [...]". The