Romeo and Chrysalids

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The play, Romeo and Juliet has many deaths, which are usually suicides because they have lost someone they love. The novel, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham also has people risking their lives or even suicide because they will or are not able to live without the person they love. However, the short story, “No Renewal” shows that Douglas doesn’t appreciate his new lifestyle because he already made his old lifestyle part of his identity. All these texts suggest that when one loses someone or something that is part of one’s identity, one may willingly welcome death.
When a character in Romeo and Juliet loses someone they love dearly and has made them a part of their identity, they willingly welcome death and leave their true identity. This
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She eventually hanged herself because first she stopped making contact with her friends, so her bond with her husband, Alan became stronger and eventually made him a part of her identity. This is why she couldn’t control herself and eventually killed herself. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham showed that making someone part of one’s identity can cause one to risk their lives or just kill themselves.
The short story, “No Renewal” suggest that making a hobby as a part of one’s identity will cause one to risk the way they live when one is forced to change one’s hobby. The main character Douglas Bent, Jr. describes how his old ways are replaced because of industrialization, and doesn’t seem to replace his old ways due to the pleasure he found in those activities, e.g. wintergreen tea, clay ware etc. He also tries “convince himself that around the bend are not strip-mining shells and brick apartment-hives but arable land, waving grain, and the world he once knew” (324). He probably didn’t want to incorporate himself into this new way of life, because he “lost his ability” (325) to understand the world. The fact that he made the old life his identity made him question about his survival in this new world: ‘“If a farm surrounded by wasteland cannot survive, how then shall a man?’” (323). The short story “No Renewal” suggests that becoming too emotionally attached with a lifestyle will be regretted later on.
The play Romeo and Juliet warns the reader that making someone a part