Essay about Dependence By Octavia E. Butler

1410 Words Oct 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Dependence in Fledgling Dependence is a very broad term that encompasses multiple different aspects of peoples’ lives. It can be defined in a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, obsessions-compulsions, material reliance, and financial dependency. However, dependence is most commonly used in terms of interpersonal relationship and substance addiction. An intertwined combination of these two types of dependency is explored in Fledgling, a science fiction vampire novel written by Octavia E. Butler. In her novel, Butler portrays dependence as a natural component of symbiotic relationships with many varying forms of expression. Based on this, she also shows a connection between co-dependence and addiction while still recognizing them as separate entities. One of Butler’s main, overarching arguments is that dependency is ingrained in all people naturally. Because of this, she purposefully chose to use vampires, fictional fantasy figures who are biologically and genetically predisposed to needing other people’s blood for their survival, as the main identity of characters. The exaggerated context can be extended to suggest that people are also naturally inclined to depend on one another, especially on close family and friends. Similarly, to some degree, our survival does depend on others because otherwise, how would babies be raised to become adults? It would be impossible for babies to be self-reliant such a vulnerable stage in their life. As people mature, they…

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