A Canticle For Leibowitz: Literary Analysis

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Kindred, by Octavia Butler, depicts the real life horrors of slavery in comparison to a time after the Civil War and abolishment of slavery. Similarly, A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller. Jr., describes the aftermath of a nuclear war and how the different social classes respond to the reformation of society. Each social class has differing opinions on how to recover from the war, leading to the separation and inequity of the social classes. Both novels portray examples of discrimination and prejudice based on cultural differences, something that can still be seen in present-day society. These inequalities are only further supported by the different social classes presented in the novels. Both Kindred and A Canticle for Leibowitz, condemn the relationships and interactions between the various social classes in order to criticize the discrimination and prejudice in their respective societies.…show more content…
For example, in Kindred, the whites abuse the blacks, both physically and mentally, because they have a higher social standing and believe they have power over the blacks. Likewise, the monks trick the warriors into helping them because the monks have a higher social standing and believe they have power over the warriors. Both of these examples enforce the discrimination among the different classes and…show more content…
There are unjust and discriminatory interactions that are caused by the cultural differences, such as race, religion, occupation, and language, among the whites and blacks and the monks and warriors. Both Kindred and A Canticle for Leibowitz condemn the presence of these inequalities among the social classes, emphasizing the divide between the classes and the destructive impact of conflict that arises through prejudice and
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