Education

December 5, 2017

  Origins Education is often defined as the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction or as an enlightening experience. In respect to Parable of the Sower, the theme of education can readily be found within its title. A parable … Continued

Utopia/Dystopia

December 4, 2017

What Is Utopia and Dystopia? Utopia in its literal form means “no place” (Coates). It was coined in the 16th century by Thomas More, whose intent was to make the term a pun. Phonetically, utopia sounds strikingly similar to eutopia, … Continued

Disability

December 4, 2017

What is Disability Studies?   “Disability Studies refers generally to the examination of disability as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon. In contrast to clinical, medical, or therapeutic perspectives on disability, Disability Studies focuses on how disability is defined and … Continued

Religion

December 4, 2017

Entirely contrary to the prevailing religious apathy in modern societies, religion is essential to most of the characters in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. This can be largely attributed to the story’s dystopian setting. Under this harsh environment, people … Continued

Race

December 4, 2017

In Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, she articulates the idea that racism is a foundation for capitalism. Butler incorporates many ideas that parallel ongoing issues in the world today. She uses several Afrofuturist themes to criticize societal relations within … Continued

Politics & Current Events

December 4, 2017

Parable of the Sower shows an America that in many ways is similar to our own. Many of its struggles are linked to ours, if greater by far in degree.

Environment

December 4, 2017

Overview Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower highlights the progression of some of the most important environmental issues currently affecting our world. It is no secret that the industrialization of the planet has negatively affected the Earth’s climate over the … Continued

Violence

December 4, 2017

Octavia Butler uses the theme of violence throughout the entirety of Parable of the Sower. An effective way to view the violence in this novel is to view it in the perspectives within which Butler positions it: it can be … Continued

Octavia Butler’s Biography

December 4, 2017

The impact of Octavia Butler’s life and work has paved the way for African American female writers, especially those in the science fiction genre. Butler’s novels and short stories have received recognition through the MacArthur Fellowship, and multiple prestigious writing … Continued