Wild Seed by Octavia Butler - Essay Prowess

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

essay must be 500 words minimum, typed, in MLA format. It must include correct in-text citation of Wild Seed and include a Works Cited pages (your Works Cited does not count towards the word count).  Much like your journals, the write-up needs to demonstrate understanding of the material as well as a depth of personal response.  Please attach a word count to the end of your essay. 

Here is your question: How does Wild Seed function as an Afrofuturist text?

To answer this question, you will probably first want to go back and revisit our lecture page on Afrofuturism and note some of its key characteristics we discussed so far.  Then connect these characteristics to examples in Wild Seed.  For example, we discussed how Butler uses Afrofuturism as a form of utopian thinking, and how she uses retro-Afrofuturism to reimagine the past.  We talked about how she addresses African diaspora through characters like Doro and Anyanwu, and also how she writes uses science fiction and fantasy to imagine alternate realities.  The term “wild seed” is an example of Afrofuturist thinking, as the term itself addresses the idea of being an ancestor for those to come, and the idea of putting down roots to create new futures — futures that carry the promise of freedom and liberation.

Writing Tip #1: I suggest picking two aspects/definitions of Afrofuturism, and then find matching examples, quotations, or characters from the book that demonstrate them.

Writing Tip #2: Make sure the wording of your thesis is totally original. Of course, I expect your ideas to be influenced from our lecture, but please don’t plagiarize any overly specific wording from the lecture or this prompt when forming your thesis!

1.  In your intro, hooking the reader’s attention, give a brief summary of the book, and define Afrofuturism. Your thesis will have two parts: you will list two ways in which Butler’s book functions as an Afrofuturist text.

  1. In the second paragraph, which will be your first body paragraph, discuss one way in which Butler’s book functions as Afrofuturist text. Use examples and quotations from the text and follow the “quotation sandwich” form of analysis. Make sure to practice correct in-text citation.  Don’t forget to write synthesis at the end of your body paragraphs.

3.  In your third paragraph, which will be your second body paragraph, discuss a second way in which Butler’s book functions as Afrofuturist text. Use examples and quotations from the text and follow the “quotation sandwich” form of analysis. Make sure to practice correct in-text citation.  Again, don’t forget to write synthesis at the end of your body paragraphs.

  1. Your fourth paragraph will be your conclusion.  How might you sum up your main ideas and leave your reader with interesting thoughts to contemplate? It’s okay if the conclusion is a bit short, three-five sentences. (TIP: Do NOT write “In conclusion” at the beginning of the paragraph – it’s cliche and not needed!)

5.  Make sure to write a correctly formatted Works Cited page.

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