The Use of Slavery in Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Samuel Delaney’s novel Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is not impressing me so far plot-wise, but some of the issues presented in the novel, especially the use of slavery with the “rats” is definitely capturing my attention. Judging from what has happened in the novel and the history the reader has seen so far, it seems like the rats are voluntarily undergoing some kind of change in their body systems which is similar to a lobotomy and, by their own choice, transforming into slaves. My question is why would somebody do this to themselves??
In our history, slavery is not something you want be involved with or become a slave, so this strikes me as odd that people voluntarily do this to themselves. Maybe later in then novel it will be revealed why the rats voluntarily throw their live and mind away to work endlessly without a sense of independence or self. My theory is that those people who turn into rats have lives that have not been kind to them and they feel they have nothing more to live for and this is the only option for them to escape the pain. There could be however another motive we have not seen yet; the government and its groups seem a dominant force in the novel so far so I wouldn’t be surprised if they have something to do with it. All in all, I think it’s very sad that people willing are doing this in the novel and I cannot see people in our society doing this to themselves