In ecosystem, there are various types of interactions that exist in different organisms. No organism can live in isolation and thus requires others either for food or survival. There is an interaction in which the two organisms are mutually benefited or live entirely dependent on each others. And this is referred to symbiosis. Wheareas, there is another interaction, namely parasitism.
Relationships in which there is not mutual respect are destined to fail. Relationships in which one person’s autonomy is not valued are destructive. For example, when Dana travels back to the Antebellum South for the fourth time, she finds Rufus being beaten by a man as a woman watches from a distance, wearing a torn dress. Dana learns that the woman is Alice, and the man beating Rufus is Isaac, Alice’s husband. She convinces them to leave, and when nursing Rufus back to consciousness, learns that Rufus was beaten because he tried to rape Alice after she refused to marry him.
This article first talks about how people were not willing to talk about race, but would eat other ethnic foods, wear their clothes, and even sing songs created by people of different ethnic background. Octavia Butlers’ books and shorts story’s, which is in the science fiction category, boldly talks about race, and how the conversation about it has shifted. However in the parable series, it is said that Butler is not so concerned with the workings of race, as related to her previous works. In the story she does highlight race under late capitalism. Butler wants her audience to see how race would function with the demise of the United States government.
Selfless actions, revealing care or concern for someone other than themselves, gains trust amongst strangers. A book written by Octavia Butler titled “Parable of the Sower”, a story where chaos, violence, disease and famine reigns over humankind, the main character Lauren, 18-year-old African-American women with an illness that gives her the ability to feel what others around her feel. After her community was attacked and everyone she had loved and known was gone, Lauren and a couple of friends: Zarah and Harry were forced to travel the dangerous roads north in search of a better life. During her journey in a world, where people are only looking out for themselves and preyed on the weak, Lauren performs selfless acts for people traveling along the road gaining their trust and friendship. For instance, Travis and Natividad, an interracial couple traveling north with their infant son Dominic, Lauren first encountered the couple after helping them fight off coyotes, thieves along the road (202).
Gan is the narrator of Octavia Butler’s science fiction “Bloodchild.” He is a teenage boy who lives on an alien planet that his ancestors settled on due to persecution. The Tlics are the main residents of this planet. They are big insect-like beings that need live hosts for their parasitic young. T’Gatoi is one of them.
The characters are very important in Octavia Butler’s science fiction short story “Bloodchild”. A character is a person presented on a dramatic or narrative work. When it comes to the story of “Bloodchild”, most people would agree that gender roles are reversed. This agreement may end, however, on the question of character in Butler. It is safe to say that understanding the characters, who they are and what they do, help explain the theme of gender roles.
Lilith as a Challenge to the Stereotypical Notions of Motherhood In Octavia Butler’s “Dawn” the protagonist Lilith serves as a mother figure in a variety of ways. Lilith is one of the few humans that have survived a nuclear war, and has been rescued by an alien race named the “Oankali.” These mysterious aliens have elected Lilith to lead the first group of humans in their return to Earth. In “Dawn” Lilith is both a literal mother to a deceased son Ayre, and a metaphorical mother to both a young boy named Sharad, and the group of humans.
It always amazes me that books from such exceptional writers, who come from distinct backgrounds, and write different works, for diverse audiences can have so many connecting ideas, and techniques of displaying similar narrative elements. Octavia Butler and Kazuo Ishiguro, for example, wrote their own dystopian stories about humans and another form of life in order to show what certain advancements can do if they are taken to an extreme. Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel tells the tale of a world where clone farms exist in order to supply the human race a resource from which organs can be acquired for those in need, like cancer patients, ultimately making cancer curable. In Octavia Butler’s short story, “Bloodchild”, a group of humans is fleeing the planet
James and Octavia’s relationship characterizes a unique paradigm of mother and son affection. Simultaneously, she must also fill in the fatherly love James is deprived of due to his father’s absence, which plays an important role in how she raises James. A mother’s love is unconditional and nurturing, however, Octavia provides a “harsh” standard of love with the expectation that James will mature into an independent man. At a young age, James learned to display no gesture of vulnerability. As much as he wishes to convey love to his mother, he need to refrain because, she says, “that’s weakness and that’s crybaby stuff” (1).
Kindred and “None of Us are Free” “None of Us are Free” can be connected to Octavia E. Butler 's Kindred through the slaves´ teamwork. In the novel, characters such as Alice and Sarah show the themes of unity and compassion that are in the song. Since “None of Us are Free”calls on its audience to stand as one, there are many similarities that can be found within Kindred, a novel about Dana´s struggle to help her kin and the slaves. The slaves care for each other, feel the same hopelessness, and can empathize. The song “None of Us are Free” and Kindred by Octavia E. Butler both convey a message of solidarity for the oppressed to urge them to look out for each other through their hardships.