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Octavia Butler's Parable Of The Sower Compared To Real Life

1163 words - 5 pages

Parable of the Sower is a very well-written science
fiction novel by Octavia Butler. The setting is California
in the year 2025. The world is no longer prosperous and
has turned into a very poor place. There are countless
people homeless, jobs are scarce and hard to come by, and
very few communities of homes. The few communities that
are still occupied have huge walls with barbed wire and
laser wire surrounding them. There are robberies, murders,
and rapes just about every day. People walk the streets
naked and bloody because their clothes were stolen.
Some people live in the hills like animals. They
kill anything that comes along, human or not, for food and
their territory. Everyone who has a chance to live must
carry a gun so no one harm or try to do anything to them.
In this society the police don't help because they
are now very expensive and cost a lot of money just to come
onto a scene. Most people can't afford to pay them so they
handle whatever situation should arise themselves. It
seems that people have nothing so they have lost sight of
their morals and turned into scavengers, however people
still residing in communities still find the time to attend
church on Sundays.

The main character of Parable of the Sower is Lauren
Olamina. She seems very smart and pretty close to a person
of our times, other than the fact that she experiences
twice the feeling of what she sees. This means that when
Lauren goes on a bike ride and sees all the sick and
injured people roaming around, she feels what they feel and
she hurts because she's sad to see those people.
Lauren also feels twice what animals feel. At one
point in Parable of the Sower Lauren's father had to kill a
dog. Lauren looked at it and almost passed out from the
pain. One positive thing that comes from this is her
ability to experience both what she feels and her male
partner feels during sex. Lauren also has a hard time
because her father told her she can never discuss her
problem with anyone other than her family. This so-called
disease is called hyperempathy.

This society that Lauren lives in is a place where
people do what they have to do to survive, scavenge and
steal or struggle just to get by each day. Lauren's
community is also full of people trying to live an honest
life. The kids go to school within the community. Lauren
is a kindergarten teacher in her community. She teaches
the children to learn and also many survival skills. They
don't have diplomas or graduations. The kids just learn
for themselves.

All the adults in the communities work together.
Some have jobs and work for money and many others just live
because they own a house. People watch over each other's
house at night to be on the look out for robbers and
scavengers. Sometimes they even have to kill for each

I feel that this is somewhat similar to our society
in California in that there are...

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