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Bloodchild On an unnamed alien planet, a group of humans referred to as Terrans live in a protected community called the Preserve, along with a segment of the ruling alien race, the Tlic. The Tlic, who are large, intelligent, centipede-like beings, are parasitic and need host animals for their eggs. Since the Terrans are ideal hosts, the Tlic of the Preserve have formed an arrangement with them: the Tlic offer protection and the Terrans offer one male from each family to serve as a host to Tlic eggs. The Tlic and Terrans have formed an interdependent relationship around this arrangement, and live peaceably amongst each other. He is in great pain and great danger—if the eggs are not removed before the gestating Tlic eat through their egg shells, they will begin to eat their Terran host from the inside out.

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Bloodchild On an unnamed alien planet, a group of humans referred to as Terrans live in a protected community called the Preserve, along with a segment of the ruling alien race, the Tlic. The Tlic, who are large, intelligent, centipede-like beings, are parasitic and need host animals for their eggs. Since the Terrans are ideal hosts, the Tlic of the Preserve have formed an arrangement with them: the Tlic offer protection and the Terrans offer one male from each family to serve as a host to Tlic eggs.

The Tlic and Terrans have formed an interdependent relationship around this arrangement, and live peaceably amongst each other.

He is in great pain and great danger—if the eggs are not removed before the gestating Tlic eat through their egg shells, they will begin to eat their Terran host from the inside out. As Gan does so, he realizes that he is afraid to participate in the process that is about to happen, but events are by this point moving to rapidly for him to back out. Bram Lomas is still awake, unable to be fully sedated without killing the eggs that are living inside of him. Seeing that Gan is horrified and sickened, however, she sends him outside to vomit and catch his breath, Gan does so and begins to wander off, not sure of where he is going.

Qui starts pressing Gan for details of what happened, but Gan is mostly unforthcoming. Qui reveals that he too saw a birthing process when he was young, but the one that he witnessed was far more disturbing: an impregnated man was also ready for his eggs to hatch, and though his Tlic mate was there with him, there was no secondary host animal for the Tlic grubs to eat once they were removed from the Terran host, meaning that they would die.

Rather than saving the Terran but risking her young, the Tlic refused to open the man up and instead let her offspring eat him alive. Eventually, the Terran begged the Tlic to kill him by slitting his throat.

The Tlic grubs then ate their way out of his corpse. Gan is horrified by this story and by the birth that he just saw, plagued by visions of Tlic grubs engorged with blood climbing through human flesh. Though he tries to leave, Qui will not leave him alone. Qui himself hates the Tlic, having tried to run away until he realized there was nowhere to go. Qui also knows that so long as Gan is safe, he himself will never have to be a host. After a brief fight with Qui, Gan returns to the house, arriving late in the night.

Though he had intended to clean it, he loads it with ammunition instead. She knows that he is upset, admitting that that is not how the birthing process was supposed to go and that Gan should never have had to see such a thing. The act of suicide seems to him the only way to make a choice for himself. Gan initially accepts the offer, but quickly realizes that he is only using Xuan Hoa, whom he truly loves, as a shield in the same way that Qui uses him.

He undresses and lies with her, and she implants an egg in his abdomen. He also admits that he was afraid of losing her or letting her go to someone else; he wanted her for himself. She will protect him. Cite This Page Homstad, Levi. Homstad, Levi. Retrieved March 10, Copy to Clipboard.

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Bloodchild: Summary, Themes & Analysis

Lien abstains from the egg. Though Gan is unaware of how much his life will change, he notes later in the narration that he had an inkling he would be impregnated that same night from the fact that he was given a whole egg for himself. His life was about to change regardless, though he had no notion of the fear that he would have to face as part of it. Her hair is graying, and old age is clearly setting in. Lien is aware that she is about to lose Gan as he begins to undertake the responsibility of bearing Tlic children. This fills Lien with enmity toward the Tlic who used to be her close friend. While poking Gan with her legs to see his body fat, she begins to caress him instead.

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"Bloodchild" and Other Stories Literary Elements

Narrator and Point of View The narrator of "Bloodchild" is a young man who tells the story of his pregnancy through the eyes and voice of a woman. Tone and Mood The tone of "Bloodchild" is threatening, but also in some ways very loving. Protagonist and Antagonist The protagonist of the title story is a young boy named Gan; the antagonist is the female Tlic who wants him to carry her eggs. Rather than engaging in an actual argument, she says that if he does not carry her eggs, she will chose his sister for the role of host, and in order to save her he complies. Imagery The imagery in "Bloodchild" is extremely graphic and enables the reader to picture a man with eggs hatching inside him, also enabling them to identify strongly with Gan when he becomes reluctant to act as a host himself.

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