Challenge Social Transformations In William Shakespeare's The Tempest

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Discoveries that are motivated by need, curiosity and wonder all have the have the power to transform an individual’s perspective of themselves and others, leading them to gain independence and challenge social values. Such discoveries that lead to an individual’s transformation can be seen in Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’. Shakespeare demonstrates through the characters of the play how discoveries which stem from need, curiosity and wonder can transform them to become more independent, and hence, challenge social norms. Likewise, John Wyndham’s novel ‘The Chrysalids,’ set in a post-nuclear era, demonstrates the transformations individuals undergo as a result of their discovery. The novel illustrates a dystopian society where people who …show more content…
The extreme intolerance for mutants in the society David lives in is shown by the hyperbole “[A mutant] is neither man nor woman. It is blasphemy.” The high modality language demonstrates the conviction the society felt in persecuting everyone who appeared different. This belief is constantly reinforced throughout the novel through the repetition “watch thou for the mutant!” David’s discovery that not all mutants were the ‘monstrosity’ labelled by society stemmed from his wonder of Sophie’s normality despite being a mutant, as demonstrated by his reflection “There was nothing frightful about Sophie. She was simply an ordinary girl.” David’s discovery transformed his perspective on the people out casted by his society leading him to question his social values, shown through the rhetorical question “Surely having one very small extra toe… couldn’t be enough to make her hateful?” This demonstrates his transformed perspective of the values held by society. Wyndham’s novel ‘The Chrysalids’ therefore shows how discoveries that are motivated by wonder can transform an individual’s perspectives of

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