Keith is Lauren’s brother, the eldest son of Reverend Olamina and Cory. He is 12 when the book starts and is stubborn, reckless, and often cruel. He is desperate to grow up quickly and dreams of moving to Los Angeles. After being given a BB gun for his 13th birthday, he begins to leave the neighborhood and earn money of his own accord, assumedly by dealing drugs. Before long, he is tortured and killed.
Keith Olamina Quotes in Parable of the Sower
The Parable of the Sower quotes below are all either spoken by Keith Olamina or refer to Keith Olamina. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Grand Central Publishing edition of Parable of the Sower published in 2000.).
Chapter 10 Quotes
Chapter 14 Quotes
Some kind of insane burn-the-rich movement, Keith had said. We've never been rich, but to the desperate, we looked rich. We were surviving and we had our wall. Did our community die so that addicts could make a help-the-poor political statement?
Keith Olamina Character Timeline in Parable of the Sower
The timeline below shows where the character Keith Olamina appears in Parable of the Sower. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the kids just like the adventure of going beyond the neighborhood wall. Lauren’s 12-year-old brother Keith is also being baptized, though he doesn’t care about religion (or anything else). He is... (full context)
...daughter in a tiny gated community, she sometimes wishes she didn’t. Along with Lauren’s brothers Keith and Marcus, there are four other kids about to be baptized, including Curtis Talcott. Lauren... (full context)
...Earthseed scripture that opens this chapter states that “all struggles are essentially power struggles.” On Keith’s birthday, Lauren’s father and Cory give him a BB gun. Keith shoots birds, threatens to... (full context)