"Bloodchild" and Other Stories

Bloodchild: Love is a Bitter Pill to Swallow College

Having healthy social relationships is vital for a productive and meaningful life. At the base of every relationship that exists between human beings are the cords of love. Love turns out to be an important element in life and besides having a great influence on the lifespan of an individual, it also determines the quality of life that one lives. However, love can sometimes be a cause of pain and misery. Some people tend to sacrifice a lot on the promise of love. It has been known to cause anguish and regrets among many people. Authored by Octavia Butler, Bloodchild is a short story that brings out the theme of love. It is a story that is set on a foreign planet where the humans who are known as Terrans live with their insect like hosts referred to as Tlics. The story demonstrates the interdependence between the humans and the members of the alien society. The hosts provide humans with accommodation and some “eggs “that make them healthier and increase their lifespan. In return, humans become hosts for their egg implantation. The love relationship between the protagonist Gan and T’Gatoi is the one that features most in the story. Other relationships that portray the element of love are the relationships between Gan and his...

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