Study Guide

Parable of the Sower Characters

By Octavia E. Butler

Lauren Olamina

Here she is: Lauren Olamina, one of Octavia Butler's best-loved fictional characters. What makes...

Taylor Franklin Bankole

Bankole is one of a May-December romance right at the heart of Parable of the Sower.Yeah, this...

Reverend Olamina

Lauren is totally the daughter of a preacher man: Reverend Olamina.We never learn the dude's...

Keith Olamina

Yeah, we'll be real: Lauren's brother Keith is a brat. As Lauren says, Keith doesn't care about...

Zahra Moss

Zahra plays a big role in the novel, but at first, Lauren doesn't really know her that well....

Harold "Harry" Balter

Prior to the destruction of Robledo, Harold "Harry" Balter is Joanne Garfield's boyfriend,...

Travis Charles Douglas

Travis and his family come into the story in a pretty spectacular way. The opportunists or...

Gloria Natividad Douglas

Natividad is the mother of the mixed family whom Lauren helps at the water station. Her child is...

Allie and Jill Gilchrist

Spoiler alert!Only one of them will make it out alive…Okay, Allie and Jill Gilchrist are...

Grayson and Doe Mora

A big gray enigma, that's what Grayson Mora is.Grayson, born in Sacramento (24.73), and his...

Emery Tanaka Solis and Tori Solis

The Earthseed family keeps on growin'.Emery and her daughter Tori are two people who come to...

Joanne Garfield

Joanne Garfield is Lauren's BFF—Oh, wait. Scratch that second F.Joanne is Lauren's best...

Corazón "Cory" Olamina

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the wicked stepmothers.Oh, except she's not wicked.But she is Lauren's...

Curtis Talcott

Meet Lauren's boyfriend, folks. Well, he's Lauren's boyfriend before Bankole, anyway. And you'd...

Minor Characters

We never learn the name of Lauren's birth mother—it seems that maybe Lauren doesn't like to...