In Octavia Butlers "Speech Sounds," how does the author's characterizations of the story's protagonist and antagonist "fit" the story's central conflict?

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In Octavia Butler ’s “Speech Sounds” there are two protagonists in the story. Rye is a young woman trying to survive after a pandemic illness results in massive deaths and leaves the survivors without their ability to communicate. Some have lost their speech, others the ability to read or write. The world has become a violent place filled with desperation and loneliness. Rye is alone and on the brink of suicide. She meets a man she...

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