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Octavia E. Butler’s Mind of My Mind as a Neo-Slave Narrative

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The conflict for mental dominance between Mary and Doro, the progenitors of the Pattern that will inform humanity’s future, is an apt metaphor for exploring the consequences of slavery in America. Doro represents the continuing presence of the African past that haunts African Americans, and Mary represents the modern day African American who struggles to reconcile a history and a heritage she does not fully understand but that informs her life. Butler creates a thought-provoking neo-slave narrative and a powerful message about the power of the human mind to overcome adversity in Mary’s quest to free herself from the dominance of negative thought structures, to embrace positive conceptions of identity and heritage, and ultimately to establish her own mind.
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Mickle, Mildred. "Octavia E. Butler’s Mind of My Mind as a Neo-Slave Narrative" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC, <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p206428_index.html>

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Mickle, M. "Octavia E. Butler’s Mind of My Mind as a Neo-Slave Narrative" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p206428_index.html

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Abstract: The conflict for mental dominance between Mary and Doro, the progenitors of the Pattern that will inform humanity’s future, is an apt metaphor for exploring the consequences of slavery in America. Doro represents the continuing presence of the African past that haunts African Americans, and Mary represents the modern day African American who struggles to reconcile a history and a heritage she does not fully understand but that informs her life. Butler creates a thought-provoking neo-slave narrative and a powerful message about the power of the human mind to overcome adversity in Mary’s quest to free herself from the dominance of negative thought structures, to embrace positive conceptions of identity and heritage, and ultimately to establish her own mind.

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