Octavia Butler's Narrative Analysis

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The SF genre accomplishes the subversion of normative gender roles through utilizing cognitive dissonance. Gender roles and relations tend to be culturally and societally relevant. The values upheld by a society are associated with their individual gender constructs. As seen through Bloodchild, the creation of an alternate reality provides the opportunity for the redefinition of gender roles. The Tlic have deliberately chosen to pursue a matriarchal society. While it is difficult to redefine biological sexual roles in reality, it is still possible to use this narrative to explore gender relations. Through role reversal, Octavia Butler provides a male context of female understanding of the world. If males are more sympathetic to the struggles

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