What causes the friction between the two brothers in Bloodchild? Can their story be considered a reconsideration of the biblical story of Cain and Abel?

The friction between the two brothers in Bloodchild is caused by their differing opinions on their societal system. Their story has some similarities to the biblical story of Cain and Abel, as the brothers are at odds. However, their conflict is not caused by jealousy, unlike the one between Cain and Abel.

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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 with each other, and jealously does play a part in their conflict—but their story does not, in my understanding of the text, mirror that of Cain and Abel.

In the biblical story of the two brothers, God prefers Abel to Cain; Cain kills Abel out of jealousy. While Gan is expected to bear T’Gatoi’s children and does have a particularly close relationship with her, Qui is certainly not jealous of Gan. On the contrary, Qui is glad he is not in Gan’s position. He has witnessed a Tlic birth that ended in the Terran carrier’s death and, as a result, harbors a strong animosity for the Tlic. Qui feels that the Tlic treat Terrans like animals, using them without regard to the suffering they endure in carrying and birthing Tlic young. Gan has a much more complex relationship with the Tlic and...

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