Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower Compared to Real Life Essay

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Parable of the Sower is a very well-written science fiction novel by Octavia Butler. The setting is California in the year 2025. The world is no longer prosperous and has turned into a very poor place. There are countless people homeless, jobs are scarce and hard to come by, and very few communities of homes. The few communities that are still occupied have huge walls with barbed wire and laser wire surrounding them. There are robberies, murders, and rapes just about every day. People walk the streets naked and bloody because their clothes were stolen. Some people live in the hills like animals. They kill anything that comes along, human or not, for food and their territory. Everyone who has a chance to live must…show more content…
Lauren also has a hard time because her father told her she can never discuss her problem with anyone other than her family. This so-called disease is called hyperempathy. This society that Lauren lives in is a place where people do what they have to do to survive, scavenge and steal or struggle just to get by each day. Lauren's community is also full of people trying to live an honest life. The kids go to school within the community. Lauren is a kindergarten teacher in her community. She teaches the children to learn and also many survival skills. They don't have diplomas or graduations. The kids just learn for themselves. All the adults in the communities work together. Some have jobs and work for money and many others just live because they own a house. People watch over each other's house at night to be on the look out for robbers and scavengers. Sometimes they even have to kill for each other. I feel that this is somewhat similar to our society in California in that there are those people who work and make an honest living and those who do whatever it takes to get what they want, such as those who sell and use drugs and prey upon the unfortunates. We have robbers, rapists, murderers in our world just as they do in Parable of the Sower. The world isn't as exaggerated, but it is somewhat similar. Some parts of our
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