In Kindred, Dana finds herself caught in the middle of the relationship between Rufus and Alice. Why does Rufus use Dana to get to Alice? Does Alice also use Dana?

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For textual evidence regarding this question, I would use the first four chapters of the book. The chapters are lengthy, so that is still a lot of material to comb through. What you should focus on is why Dana keeps being sent back in time. Dana seems to be transported...

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For textual evidence regarding this question, I would use the first four chapters of the book. The chapters are lengthy, so that is still a lot of material to comb through. What you should focus on is why Dana keeps being sent back in time. Dana seems to be transported back in time to a location that is near Rufus, and every single time Rufus is in grave danger: he is near drowning, he has broken his leg, or he is about to receive a beating that could end his life. Dana always swoops in and saves him in one way or another, so it appears to Rufus that Dana is his guardian angel. Dana will eventually explain to Rufus that she is travelling through time and gets pulled back to his time period whenever his life is in danger. Consequently, Rufus knows that Dana is somehow bound to help him, and this gives him a bit of leverage over Dana. Dana is also hurt by the fact that she is black, and chapter four shows readers how Rufus uses that fact against Dana. Rufus tells Dana that he needs her to help him with his goal to have sex with Alice. Rufus says that if Dana doesn't convince Alice to do this, then he will make the women's lives miserable. Dana agrees to help. She is disgusted with herself for helping, but Dana also believes that she will cease to exist if Alice does not begin birthing Rufus's children.

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