Discussion of Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Lauren travels California after it has been devastated by climate change. The price of water is high. Violent nomads roam the streets robbing people. Lauren has created her own religion because she believes God is change. Lauren’s family has a neighborhood that is safe most of the time. Her family life is destroyed when marauders come in and kill people. Lauren has to leave with her safety pack that she made for this day. She travels and gathers followers. Lauren has to protect herself from the pain of others, because she has hyper-empathy. Lauren is protecting others after she has learned to take care of herself. We must take care of ourselves first and then when we are strong we can protect others.

Discussion of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Janie’s grandmother wants her to be secure and marries her off to Logan, a much older man. Janie’s light is diminished because she has to do what Logan tells her. She has to work in the potato field. Joe thinks a woman shouldn’t have to work in the field. She should sit on the porch fanning herself. Janie likes the way Joe talks. She runs off with Joe, but he forces her to submit to him and work in the store. Janie is good at keeping up appearances, but as Joe gets sick she begins to stand up for herself. Joe cannot allow Janie to take care of him because then he is weak. Joe passes away and Janie gets the chance to be herself.

Janie meets Tea Cake who is her true love. He allows her to be herself. Tea Cake knows that Janie is the prize and she is her own person. She can uncover her hair and wear it anyway she likes. He isn’t telling her what to do. Everyone thinks Tea Cake will run off with her money, but Jane loves him without hesitation.

Their Eyes Were Watching God details a journey of love with all the mistakes that Janie makes to find love and herself. Zora Neale Hurston writes to make you grasp the two worlds where some of us live.

Discussion of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Heathcliff and Catherine are twin flames that cannot escape one another. Catherine and Heathcliff grow up together and love each other, but Heathcliff doesn’t have any status so Catherine cannot marry him. Catherine marries Edgar and still loves Heathcliff. She has a child and later dies. Even in death Heathcliff and Catherine are together. She wanders the house as a ghost and Heathcliff continues to talk to her.

Heathcliff has a child as well and kidnaps Catherine’s child to marry his son. Heathcliff and Catherine’s love story is one that doesn’t end. Nothing can separate them or their passion.