In the book Kindredby Octavia Butler , the relationship between Kevin and Dana is complicated and consistently changing. They are an interracial couple who have had to deal with unaccepting family members and coworkers in the past and are now dealing with Dana's uncontrollable time traveling to the antebellum...
In the book Kindred by Octavia Butler, the relationship between Kevin and Dana is complicated and consistently changing. They are an interracial couple who have had to deal with unaccepting family members and coworkers in the past and are now dealing with Dana's uncontrollable time traveling to the antebellum South. Although the love between Dana and Kevin does not fade, their understanding of and respect for one another's circumstances is challenged.
When Dana is brought back to the 1800s to aid Rufus in the chapter "The Fall," Kevin is accidentally taken with her, and Kevin and Dana must assume the roles of master and slave in order to survive. Kevin is treated as a guest on the Weylin plantation, whereas Dana is treated as a slave, and this is where their misunderstandings begin. While Dana is crippled and disturbed by the mistreatment of the other slaves on the plantation, Kevin is enthralled by the culture of the time period. When they finally get a moment alone, they explain their situations to one another. Kevin says that "This could be a great time to live in" and is excited to watch the country grow and move west. Dana, appalled, responds, "That's where they're doing it to the Indians instead of the blacks!" Due to their experiences on the plantation, Dana and Kevin's perceptions of the world and each other take drastically different turns. Kevin doesn't understand Dana's perspective, while Dana grows tired of Kevin's ignorance.
Over the course of the book, Kevin and Dana's relationship changes drastically. While Dana and Kevin fell in love because of their shared distaste for the world and struggle to become writers, they are later challenged by the vastly different experiences they each have due to their race. Ultimately, Dana and Kevin love each other deeply enough to overcome these differences, but their relationship at the end of the book is not what it once was.