Economic Inequality In Parable Of The Sower By Octavia Butler

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Every country around the world has economic inequality within it. The income inequality encountered in the United States in ranked sixty four in the world. The economic inequality divided in the United States has a major impact on three factors: social class, education and power amongst the citizens. The economic inequality seen in “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler reflects on how separation between poor, middle and rich class lead to a dystopian future. “Inequality for all” examines how economic inequality can impact social classes such as upper, middle and lower class. Middle class averts class disparity between the rich and poor evading segregation. The middle class serves as a buffer between a functional society and a dystopian society. …show more content…
The definition of the urban dictionary “A dystopia is set in the near future in which negative trends in present-day society have been exaggerated to produce a disturbing, sometimes-nightmarish society”. In Parable of the Sower, Butler takes a variety of social issues and trends such as race, economic and gender inequality in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s and projects them forward by thirty or forty years. Eventually these issues will occur due to the fact that the middle class is not creating a stable economy and the government has decreased the possibilities by revoking taxes and using money for other purposes rather than the citizens. The United States has the most uneven distribution of income and wealth. Because of capitalism, we are all "slouching toward Utopia,"-the phrase coined by University of California at Berkeley economist J. Bradford …show more content…
The story is about a young African American women and the destruction of her small community in Robledo, California, 2024. Society has broken down and is divided in many groups. The rich live in gated communities with high security. The middle class live in walled or gated communities; with very scarce supplies to survive, they don’t have security, are threatened and impoverished. Jobs are scarce and people who have a degree get jobs but are paid very little for their work. Inflation has eroded the value of money, and essentials such as water are expensive. In Lauren 's neighborhood, people plant and grow as much of their own food as they can. Everyone in the community over the age of fifteen is trained to use guns, since they cannot rely on a corrupt police force because they are charged a fee and cannot afford it. During the first year of the book Christopher Charles Morpeth Donner is elected as the new president. He starts to create a new sort of government, abolishing laws that he considers "overly restrictive", such as the minimum wage, environmental protection laws and worker protection laws. He gives more and more power to big companies, letting them treat workers however they want as long as they give them "training and adequate room and board" (24). This leads to the towns such as Olivar and debt slaves, where workers are only allowed to

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