Parable of the Sower Literature Guide

Author: Octavia Butler

Genre: Dystopian Fiction

Publication Date: 1993


In Octavia Butler’s vision of 2024 California, poverty, violence and global warming make life a constant struggle. Teenage protagonist Lauren Olamina is determined to shape a better world, even as her family and community fall apart in the futuristic setting. Parable of the Sower traces Lauren’s journey of becoming the founder of Earthseed, a new belief system with the goal of migrating to other planets.

Octavia Butler Biography

Parable of the Sower Background

Parable of the Sower Characters

Parable of the Sower Summary and Analysis

Parable of the Sower Themes

Parable of the Sower Quotes

Parable of the Sower Discussion Questions

Parable of the Sower Glossary

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