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Parable Of The Sower, Dystopia, And Greed

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A dystopian novel is meant to highlight the current problem in a society. It is meant to be a call for action from the people reading the novel. The author of the novel wants people to stop the problem before it gets out of hand. Parable of the Sower is one of these novels. Parable of the Sower is a 1993 novel written by Octavia E. Butler. It is set in a dystopian California where there aren’t a lot of jobs and the government is almost nonexistent. This novel follows the main protagonist Lauren Olamina through a couple of years of her life. She struggles with hyperempathy syndrome which cause her to actually feel others pain and pleasure. Lauren lives in a fenced off community where they ...view middle of the document...

Olivar is a small coastal city that was bought by a Kagimoto, Stamm, Frampton, and Company also known as KSF. The company plans to become dominant in farming and start selling water and energy. The way to do this the need to bring in people to work. These people will be working for the room, board, and security provided by KSF. Afterwards, KSF wanted educated people to come and work for them. . Cory, Lauren’s step mother, want to apply, but Lauren’s father doesn't think its a good idea. He says “ Kagimoto. Stamm, Frampton: Japanese, German, Canadian. When I was young, people said it would come to this. Well, why shouldn’t other countries buy what's left of us if we put it up for sale. I wonder how many people in Olivar have any idea what they’re doing” (111-112). What he is saying is that Olivar doesn't know what the are getting into. The only thing the company cares about is money. They will not take care of their people and will take advantage of anyone who becomes part of their town. People were warned, probably around the time this book was written, that this might happen but no one took it seriously. The other countries of the world are taking financial advantage of the U.S. in a time of hardship.If the U.S. just puts itself for sale and lets these other countries do this, they will be bought out and abuse by these companies who just want to get richer. This will lead to the U.S become property of other countries and no longer being its own state. In this novel Butler suggest that the present problem that will cause this dystopia become a reality is greed is by showing Laurens father’s opinion on KSF, a foreign company, and it probably take over of the U.S.
Another reason Butler is suggesting that greed is the cause of the dystopia in Parable of the Sower is when Lauren thinks about what the people might do to Cory and her brothers when they find them outside the walls.After barely getting out of her burning community alive, Lauren is running off . Her community was invaded by drug addicts and they started to burn all the houses and kill anyone that they encountered. Lauren, awakened by smoke, grabs her bag and leaves. She encounters the chaos and starts running away from the community. On her way out she is being shot at by the people invading her community. She sees someone get killed and he hyperempathy kicks in.she collapses on the ground and becomes dazed. Without noticing her Cory takes the boys and runs away. After Lauren gets up she grabs one of her dead neighbors gun and starts to leave. Before she get all the way out one of the drug addicts tackles her. She kills him and finally gets out. She tries to find a place to hide. While she is doing this she is thinking about what might have happen to Cory and her brothers. She thinks “ I have lost track of Cory and the boys. I thought the would go towards the hill and not toward the center of town. Every direction was dangerous, but there was more danger where there is more people. In...

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