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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 435

Parable of the Talents is American writer Octavia E. Butler’s 1998 science fiction novel. Butler presents her readers with a strong female protagonist in Larkin. Butler constantly shows the strength of her character even when the character cannot see it within themselves.

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One important quote from Parable of Talents is when Butler’s protagonist Larkin reflects on her mother’s death in the prologue.

I have wanted to love her and to believe that what happened between her and me wasn't her fault. I've wanted that. But instead, I've hated her, feared her, needed her. I've never trusted her, though, never understood how she could be the way she was—so focused, and yet so misguided, there for all the world, but never there for me. I still don't understand. And now that she's dead, I'm not even sure I ever will. But I must try because I need to understand myself, and she is part of me. I wish that she weren't, but she is. In order for me to understand who I am, I must begin to understand who she was. That is my reason for writing and assembling this book.

Here the reader sees not only the doubt within Larkin but also her drive and determination.

Larkin’s strength and determination can also be seen in the following quote.

Somehow, I went on. "Not everyone in this country stands with Andrew Jarret," I said. "We know that. Jarret will pass, and we will still here. We know more about survival than most people. The proof is that we have survived. We have tools that other people don’t have, and that they need....

(The entire section contains 435 words.)

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