The author has called “Bloodchild” a love story; do you agree or disagree?
In Kindred, what lessons about the past does Dana learn that she will bring into her life in the twentieth century?
Show how the female characters in Octavia E. Butler’s fiction must make difficult choices between their own needs and desires and those whom they love.
What possible solutions does the author suggest that might avoid the disastrous future she describes in her fiction?
There are numerous references to African American history in Butler’s fiction. Find examples and suggest reasons why she has included them.
Butler has called herself a pessimist. Considering the conclusions of her novels, do you agree or disagree?
Butler believes that the inborn human tendency for hierarchical behavior is the root of social problems. Cite examples of this behavior.