In Octavia Butlers "Speech Sounds," how does the author's characterizations of the story's protagonist and antagonist "fit" the story's central conflict?
Rye is a woman who has had trouble communicating with others her entire life. She has been ostracized by her parents, friends, and even strangers for the way she talks. She grew up in a world where everyone was able to communicate except for her. During the pandemic, this inability to communicate became deadly as that is one of the things that kills people during the disease. Rye cannot talk or write and is thus left with no one to talk to or even listen to her thoughts. It seems like there is no point in living anymore because of this solitude but then she meets Obsidian and they are able to communicate through writing on each other’s arms when they can find something sharp enough to write with.
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