In my view, this is a tragic love story between Rye and Oblivion in search of a place to call home while helping weaker people around them. According to the traditional worldview, women are the weaker beings who need protection from men, however, although Rye received some protection from Obsidian, she was still able to take care of herself before she met him and after he passed way. It shows “the reversal of gender roles and the inevitable power struggle between two species who must become interdependent if they are to survive” (Podolsky). Although Rye was independent, her encounter with Obsidian whetted her taste...
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