The Chrysalids

Alan Character Analysis

Alan, a boy with whom David goes to school, sees Sophie’s six-toed footprint and reports her to the authorities, an act that forces Sophie and her family to flee their home. Later in the novel, he marries Anne. Uncle Axel kills Alan when he learns that Alan knows about David and the other telepath’s abilities.
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Alan Character Timeline in The Chrysalids

The timeline below shows where the character Alan appears in The Chrysalids. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...day, they are barefoot at the river catching shrimp when a boy from David’s school, Alan, happens upon them. David throws Sophie her shoes and tries to distract Alan with conversation,... (full context)
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Sophie and David tell John Wender that Alan saw Sophie’s foot, and John decides that it is time for his family to leave... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Anne forms the group that she will marry Alan—the same person who reported Sophie for her Offense. The group protests, saying that it will... (full context)
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...had access to Anne’s feelings, explains to Uncle Axel that Anne wants to be with Alan so badly that she is willing to jeopardize the safety of the group and give... (full context)
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Anne’s relationship with Alan prompts David to reflect on his relationship with Rosalind, a relationship he has had to... (full context)
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Rachel, Anne’s telepathic sister, tells the group that Alan has been found dead with an arrow in his neck. Anne believes one of the... (full context)
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...a suicide note outing everyone in the group, even Petra, and suggesting that they killed Alan. Fortunately, Anne’s illiterate neighbor finds the note and, thinking it is meant for a family... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...told Uncle Axel about Petra, but Uncle Axel explains that before she died, Anne told Alan about everyone in the group. When Uncle Axel figured this out, he shot and killed... (full context)