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
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).
Octavia Butler was an African American science fiction author who produced several novels that allows readers to dive into a new world with an entirely new perspective. Lilith’s Brood, one of Butler’s most award-winning novels, contains a collection of three trilogies: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago. In the book of Dawn, Lilith is one of many who was saved by an alien species, known as the Oankali, after a fatal war that has destroyed all life on Earth. All humans were expected to make huge lifestyle changes and ultimately help create a new generation of species that were half human and half Oankali. Throughout the book of Dawn, Butler depicts the conflict of being so accustom and adamant towards societal norms where the thought or action
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.
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.
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.
The Secret Chord, derived from Biblical tales, has as a central character the legendary warrior David. David is the father of Solomon, or Shlomo. The story is presented from the point of view of Natan, who is a prophet and adviser. Over time, he becomes close to David. When Natan is ten years old, David begs Natan’s father for help.
“Don’t lose it. Just hang on. If there’s a way in, there’s got to be a way out. The tears dropped one by one down my cheek, dampening my shirt in dotted patches. Was I really on the verge of falling over the fragile line that divided sanity from insanity?”
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.