Parable of the Talents Book Summary and Study Guide

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The horrific acts that take place in the novel parallel the things that occur in our society daily. The only difference is that we have not yet reached the extremes that exist in Ms. Bulter's novel. However, the path that our law and policy makers are taking can lead directly to a world as terrifying as the one where Earthseed is "invented". What a frightening thought...
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The review of this Book prepared by Kayama Bliss

Lauren Olamina has built her religious community, but she and her community is persecuted for her beliefs. She loses her child, her husband and her brother, but preserves her ideals.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Inner Struggle    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group Family relations    -   Yes Who's a slave/repressed?    -   humans are slaves of other humans

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   major character becomes a sex slave How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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