Octavia Butler Essay

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Table of Contents

Page 1. A BRIEF CONVERSATION WITH OCTAVIA E. BUTLER

Page 2 - 4. Biography

Page 5 - 9. Synopsis

Page 9 - 14. Analysis of Criticism

Page 14 – 15. Influences on Society

Page 16. Footnotes

Page 17. Bibliography

A BRIEF CONVERSATION WITH OCTAVIA E. BUTLER

1. Who is Octavia E. Butler? Where is she headed? Where has she been?

Who am I? I'm a 51-year-old writer who can remember being a 10-year-old writer and who expects someday to be an 80-year-old writer. I'm also comfortably asocial - a hermit living in a city-a pessimist, a student, endlessly curious; a feminist; and African-American; a former Baptist; and an oil-and-water
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Shortly after Butler was born, her father died leaving Butler's mother and grandmother to raise her. Octavia’s mother used to read her bedtime stories until she was six years old. As soon as she got to like the stories, her mother said, “Here's the book. Now you read.” She didn't know what she was setting her both up for. Just at the age of ten Octavia began to write short stories of fiction.
Octavia lived most of her life in Pasadena. All through Junior High and High School, even college, Butler was a very shy person. She would not get up in front of class to do anything, her teacher’s thought this was because she didn't do the work and was unprepared. One time, she even went as far as to record her presentation on a tape and turn that in instead. During her years in school, there were three teachers who made a critical difference in Butler's development. The first was Butler's home economics teacher in seventh grade, Miss Peters. Peters took the time to read

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Butler's stories and offer encouragement. The second teacher was Mr. Pfaff, an eighth grade science teacher who typed her first story, "typed it the way it was supposed to be, with no holes erased into the paper. He even corrected my terrible spelling and punctuation. The third teacher was Butler's first Black teacher. Miss Buggs taught ninth grade English, social studies, and drama. Butler remembers her as the only teacher who truly understood how much
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