Analysis of Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild" Essay

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Should Octavia E. Butler’s “Bloodchild” be classified as a slave story? The author claims that “Bloodchild” is not a tale of slavery, but rather a love story and a coming-of-age tale. Does “Bloochild” conform to the conventions of the slave stories, love stories, or coming-of-age tales with which you are familiar? What other classifications—in terms of literary genre, form, or mode—apply to “Bloodchild”?

Readers can easily deduce why Octavia Butler's won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her story “Bloodchild.” The reader in a way is compelled to finish reading because of Butler's way of using heavily sensual description and mutliple themes in the story. “Bloodchild” is an unusual spin of a coming-of-age tale in Gan's experience
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I walked away, hating him. In his way, he was gloating. He was safe and I wasn't. I could have hit him, but I didn't think I would be able to stand it when he refused to hit back, when he looked at me with contempt and pity.” (Butler 21). Qui knew T'Gatoi specifically chose Gan, so he felt that as long as nothing happens to Gan, he is safe from the Tlic.
Gan's rite of passage into adulthood occurs when he witnesses Lomas “give birth” to the baby Tlics. Gan held a sort of pride at being chosen to carry T'Gatoi's eggs. He thought the process wouldn't be as painful as it actual was. The “birthing” was the time his eyes metaphorically opened to his reality. The actual implantation of T'Gatoi's eggs in Gan can be seen as his lost of virginity. If a reader were to start the story off at this line: “Yet I undressed and lay down beside her. I knew what to do, what to expect. I had been told all my life” they would automatically assume this scene is the beginning of intercourse, thus, Gan's “transformation” into a man.
“Bloodchild” has many similarities between the relationship of humans and Tlic and European slavery. It is obvious T'Gatoi is the household's master. She is in absolute control of the family and makes the ultimate decisions. When Lien refuses to drink any of the egg, T'Gatoi still forces her to do it. It is apparent T'Gatoi also chooses who can be in the family. Gan states “T'Gatoi had even