Examining the female leader in Octavia Butler's dawn and Fledgling, 2011

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
Examining the female leader in Octavia Butler's dawn and Fledgling, 2011
Creator:
Payne, Kimberly Ellen
Date of Original:
2010/2019
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
theses
dissertations
Type:
Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
This study examines the prototypical female leader as constructed by Octavia Butler in her science fiction novels, Dawn and Fledgling. The premise of the study relates to the protagonists capacity to undergo arduous tasks in extraordinary circumstances so that they can ultimately lead their people into a revolutionized society. Overcoming enormous obstacles, including the rejection of the very people they must lead, proves that both protagonists, Lilith Ilypo, in Dawn, and Shori Matthews, in Fledgling, are the women of the future, created to lead human beings into a brave new world. The study further examines Butlers portrayal of the othemesses that continue to plague societies, despite the societies higher evolution, and concludes that only through continuous compromise will the world become unified. Butler indicates that the onerous task of achieving this ultimate unification lies on the shoulders of women who will serve as, what I term, the futures female Adams.
Date of award: 5/1/2011
Degree type: thesis
Degree name: Master of Arts (MA)
Granting institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department: School of Arts and Sciences, English
Advisor: Wright, Susan P.
Advisor: Osinubi, Viktor O.
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2011_payne_kimberly
Holding Institution:
Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
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