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Gan, the narrator of Octavia Butler’s short story “Bloodchild,” suggests on several occasions that his mother resents the relationship between the Tlic and human beings. This relationship includes...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019, 4:48 pm (UTC)

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You should see lots of relevance between the title of Octavia E. Butler’s short story and the story itself. What is Butler's story about? It's about a race of aliens who protect a group of humans...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2020, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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The aliens in “Bloodchild” by Octavia Butler have several connections with human nature. For instance, they are caring. A case in point is T’Gatoi, who is concerned about Gan’s weight and Lien’s...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019, 4:34 pm (UTC)

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Certain phrases and sentences in "Bloodchild" call to mind human beings being viewed and used as commodities; for example, in the opening, T'Gatoi was hounded on the outside. Her people wanted...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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“Bloodchild” is the story of a family living in a world in which Terrans (a human-like race) are used as breeders for the Tlic, a dominant alien race. Gan and Qui are two Terran brothers at odds...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 10:19 pm (UTC)

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The story "Bloodchild" is written in first person. That means the main character is the person telling the story about events happening to him. It means the reader is going to see "I" in the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2015, 1:26 pm (UTC)

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For starters, we need to be clear on what an antagonist is. In any story, the antagonist is the character or group of characters working against the leading character. They are the source of...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2020, 7:46 am (UTC)

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Gan has very little choice in the matter. He lives on a planet where Terrans such as himself are impregnated by giant insect creatures called the Tlic. This is a long-standing tradition in which...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019, 12:24 pm (UTC)

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In the short story "Bloodchild," Olivia Butler uses science fiction as a vehicle to explore issues relating to race and gender. In relation to the former, she deals with the possibility of love...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2021, 11:51 am (UTC)

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In the Afterword to "Bloodchild" in her collection of short stories, Octavia Butler says that the story is not about slavery. As a reader, however, it's hard not to see slavery in it. "Bloodchild"...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2011, 3:32 am (UTC)

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I am not totally sure of your question. The short story is an extrapolation. It is writen in English, but I don't think you mean the question literally. I absolutely love Ms. Butler. She died...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2008, 5:58 am (UTC)

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Octavia Butler’s short story “Bloodchild” has a special resonance given that she was an African American woman because her identity helps readers to see the conflict between Terrans and the Tlic as...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2021, 9:21 pm (UTC)

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“Bloodchild” is a science fiction story written by Octavia E. Butler and won the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, and the Nebula Award. “Bloodchild” describes the relationship between a race of...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020, 7:27 pm (UTC)

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The Terrans (humans) and the Tics (insects) are symbiotic species. The humans need the planet, and the Tics need the humans. When the humans arrived, the Tic species was dying because it needed a...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012, 1:10 am (UTC)

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The relationship between Gan and T'Gatoi in Bloodchild and the relationship between Rufus and Dana in Kindred both hinge on power dynamics. In Bloodchild, the Tlic, an alien species, have placed...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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