4-5-page argument-driven analysis of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower that


4-5-page argument-driven analysis of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower that includes at least one outside source procured through your own research. .Similar to Essays #1 and #2, the outside source will be used to further contextualize the story as well as to fortify and support your own central claim. Unlike the previous two essays, you will be finding your own outside source through research using the library databases. The PowerPoint “Library Literacy” walks students through the process of searching for scholarly articles. Your essay should have a thesis that expresses a central argument about the novel and supporting evidence to back it up. Quote frequently from Parable of the Sower as well as from at least one outside source. Remember to analyze excerpts in detail (as opposed to summarize) as a way to support your central argument.
Begin by considering one of the following themes/topics to focus your research: 1) Religion, God, and “Earthseed” 2) The individual vs. the community 3) Morality/ethics 4) Race, class, and/or gender 5) Coming-of-age and/or slave narrative 6) Genre of “Afrofuturism” 7) Family dynamics and/or the role of the father 8) The environment, climate change, and post-industrialism 9) Education, literacy, and poetry as vehicles of power


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