Parable of the Sower

Travis Charles Douglas Character Analysis

Travis is an African-American man who Lauren meets while on the walk north. He the husband of Natividad and father of Dominic. He was taught to read by his mother, a maid who would sneak him books from her employer’s library. He is a loving father and very protective of his family. He expresses interest in Earthseed, and after many hours of debate with Lauren becomes her first “convert.”

Travis Charles Douglas Quotes in Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower quotes below are all either spoken by Travis Charles Douglas or refer to Travis Charles Douglas. 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:
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Chapter 18 Quotes

"Change does scare most people."
"I know. God is frightening. Best to learn to cope."
"Your stuff isn't very comforting."
"It is after a while. I'm still growing into it myself. God isn’t good or evil, doesn't favor you or hate you, and yet God is better partnered than fought."
"Your God doesn't care about you at all," Travis said.
"All the more reason to care about myself and others. All the more reason to create Earthseed communities and shape God together. 'God is Trickster, Teacher, Chaos, Clay.' We decide which aspect we embrace—and how to deal with the others."

Related Characters: Lauren Olamina (speaker), Travis Charles Douglas (speaker)
Page Number: 221
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Travis Charles Douglas Character Timeline in Parable of the Sower

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Chapter 17
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...Later on, the family comes to join Lauren, Harry, and Zahra. The man’s name is Travis, the woman is Natividad, and their son is called Dominic (or Domingo). They offer milk... (full context)
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...“she,” and Lauren is forced to admit that she is in fact female. Lauren tells Travis and Natividad that they are “natural allies.” Although Travis insists that he can take care... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Back on the beach, Travis questions Lauren about how she can really believe in Earthseed, when she “made it up.”... (full context)
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Harry joins the conversation. Travis discusses the physical law of entropy, which surprises Lauren; Travis explains that his mother had... (full context)
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Travis continues, saying that after his mother died, he and Natividad worked for the same employer;... (full context)
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Travis points out that prayer consoles people. Lauren replies that there is hope to be found... (full context)
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A week later, Lauren writes that she thinks Travis is her first convert, and Zahra is the second. Zahra isn’t interested in the outer... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...to buy a gun with it. The group all survive the earthquake unharmed, but soon Travis spots a large fire in the distance. They begin walking away from the fire, but... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...without thinking, Lauren mentions Bankole’s plot of land. Eventually they agree to take them, but Travis and Lauren stress that such a lapse in the night watch cannot be allowed to... (full context)