Parable of the Sower


Octavia E. Butler

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Parable of the Sower Symbols


Acorns feature throughout the book as a symbol of new life, hope, and possibility. When Lauren is living with her family in the neighborhood, they regularly eat acorn bread. It is only later that Lauren’s

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Fire is the most prominent force of destruction in the novel. All over the country, communities are destroyed by fires—including, eventually, Lauren’s neighborhood. Part of the significance of fire is that it can be…

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Religion plays a very prominent role in the novel, and so do ideas about heaven. This is particularly true because there is so much death in the narrative, and because the world of the novel…

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