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How does Rufus die?

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paypay43207 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM via web

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How does Rufus die?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 14, 2011 at 1:28 AM (Answer #1)

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In the novel Kindred, by Octavia Butler, Rufus Weylin is the white slave owner who is Dana's ancestor. She had been pulled back and forth from her time, 1976, to his time 1800s in order to protect his life. He was the white side of her family and her black side was a slave that he had raped.

The irony of the story is that in the end it is Dana who kills Rufus. He tries to rape her and she stabs him with a knife. As he dies, she returns to her own time with part of her arm missing. That part of her body is left behind.  Rufus has his arm in his hand and that part of her arm does not return with Dana to the apartment.

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