"Parable of the Sower" and "Oryx and Crake" Analytical Essay

"Parable of the Sower" and "Oryx and Crake"
An analysis of the destruction of the environment in Octavia Butler's "Parable of the Sower" and Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake".
# 149455 | 3,136 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2011
Published on Dec 18, 2011 in Literature (American) , Literature (Canadian)

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The paper outlines the storyline of both Octavia Butler's "Parable of the Sower" and Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake", and discusses both works' message that through the progression of technology and science, nature is often abused and overused, causing a series of devastating consequences. The paper highlights how characters in both of the novels take no responsibility for their own actions when it comes to environmental injustices since nature is looked at as being subservient to the human race. The paper discusses how the mindless and endless consumption of materials in these two texts should serve as a warning that if society continues to function without a thought of the future, our natural resources will no longer be able to take care of our society, resulting in the complete breakdown of numerous social structures.

From the Paper:

"Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler, begins in the year 2025 with Lauren, a girl living in a gated community outside of Los Angeles. Due to a government on the brink of complete collapse as a result of rampant poverty and scarcity of resources, the community in which Lauren lives becomes overrun with people committed to its demise. As the wall of the neighborhood collapses, Lauren's family is murdered and she embarks on a long journey northward in order to establish a new community in which her religion, Earthseed, can flourish. Similarly themed, Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake begins after the apocalypse of the earth. Jimmy, also called Snowman throughout the novel, lives among the Crakers, which are strange forms of sub-human creatures. Through frequent flashbacks and as a product of extensive genetic engineering with no regard for any of the natural world, the reader learns that creatures like pigoons, rakunks, wolvogs, and other various life forms roam uncontrolled. The majority of the novel is a flashback to the evolution of Jimmy and Crake and their attitudes, mindsets, and feelings about the ever-changing world around them. Without being checked in any way, genetic engineering has ultimately led to the complete passing of the human race."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake. New York: Anchor, 2004. Print.
  • Bergthaller, Hannes. "Housebreaking the Human Animal: Humanism and the Problem of Sustainability in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake and the Year of the Flood." English Studies 91.7 (2010): 728-43. Print.
  • Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Sower. New York: Warner, 1993. Print.
  • Evans, Mei Mei. ""Nature" and Environmental Justice." The Environmental Justice Reader. Print.
  • Hollinger, Veronica. "Stories about the Future: from Patterns of Expectation to Patterns of Recognition." Science Fiction Studies 33 (2006): 452-72. Print.

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