Parable of the Sower

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Individualism plays a key role in this story and shows how being an individualistic society can be the downfall to the strongest country in the world. This essay will discuss the struggle of man versus man, man versus nature, and the author's intent in Parable of the Sower. Butler talks about many aspects of life and the struggle to survive, and this essay will explore three main ideas that occurred in this book.

The struggle of man versus man occurs throughout the whole story. The book starts out that Lauren is in her community behind a huge protective wall. The wall is there to protect her and her community from the rest of the world. When people start jumping over the fence to steal things from their community, guards are setup
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On their journey, they encounter many problems with people trying to rob them and even kill them. One occurrence of this happening is when a group of people on "pyro" attacks the group and grab two of the members. In the end, Lauren and her group fend off the attackers and the rest of the attackers flee. I mention this one particular event because Lauren and her group come together to fight the attackers and show that there is still some order in the world. They group put all of their differences aside and fought off the attackers and this allowed them to survive.

The struggle of man versus nature is also a fight that occurs. This mainly occurs outside the wall in the second half of the book. As the characters make their way north, they have to deal with finding food and water, scorching temperatures, and the fight to live off the land on Bankhole's land. On their way north, their main problem is food and water. Every chance the group has a chance to stop a town for water, they do. They need to do this because they endure a 4-month trip, and without a fresh supply of water, they will die. They also need a good supply of water is because they are traveling through California during the summer time, and the temperature can get very hot. The temperature also plays a role in when the group has to start their day. They try and start their day of walking before dawn to get a good deal of their trip done before the temperature gets to its peak
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