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Every account of history is from a human perspective. Even history textbooks, which are trying to be objective, show us what the writers value by what they include, what they leave out, and how...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019, 11:38 pm (UTC)

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The similarities between Dana's relationships with Kevin and Rufus are surprisingly many. Both are white men in love with her, and in the early nineteenth century they are both her protectors by...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2008, 5:26 pm (UTC)

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The previous educators have classified this relationship as complex and complicated, and I think those are great descriptors. I would add that Dana's feelings toward Rufus are symbolic of the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020, 8:56 pm (UTC)

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In Octavia Butler's historical time-travel novel Kindred, the two characters Rufus Weylin, and his father Tom Weylin, are white slave owners in the antebellum South. The protagonist, Dana, a black...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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In Octavia Butler's historical time-travel novel Kindred, the protagonist, Dana, is repeatedly summoned back in time to ensure the continuation of her bloodline. This rests on Rufus Weylin, a white...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018, 8:38 pm (UTC)

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In the novel Kindred, Dana travels back to 1800's Maryland 7 times. The first time, she arrives to find Rufus, drowning in the river and she pulls him to safety. When she returns to Maryland the...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016, 4:24 am (UTC)

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Dana's relationship with Rufus is complex because she recognizes the humanity in even the most vile man. Her first visit to the past was transformational; she had seen a child drowning in a river...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2021, 12:25 pm (UTC)

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Alice names her baby Hagar because, in the Bible, Hagar was a slave and was freed. Dana knows that she has a relative named Hagar, so she is aware that Alice is going to name the baby that before...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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In the final moments of the main narrative in Octavia Butler’s Kindred, the protagonist, Dana, kills her ancestor and adversary, Rufus. Throughout the novel, Dana is forcibly pulled back through...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019, 3:22 am (UTC)

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In order to fund her struggling attempts to be a writer, Dana works at a temporary agency, doing various jobs for minimum wage. Interestingly, in chapter 3 she makes this statement: I was working...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020, 11:11 pm (UTC)

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Dana's relationship to the Weylin plantation is a complicated one. It is simultaneously the birthplace of her ancestors and a place of historical and personal horror. As the novel progresses, Dana...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020, 3:31 pm (UTC)

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There are numerous instances throughout the book that represent the external conflict between two people. Dana and Rufus, for example, have a complicated relationship that is full of both physical...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020, 5:28 pm (UTC)

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Let me start by answering the final question in a more concrete way. The reason that the reader is experiencing Dana's journey in lockstep with her is because the narrative point of view is first...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019, 7:45 pm (UTC)

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Butler might have had Kevin stay in the past to get a better understanding of Dana, and to give Dana more time in the past to fully experience the lives of her slave ancestors. Kevin was...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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The author never explains to readers why the loss of her arm is significant. That is left up to individual readers, and an argument could certainly be made that the arm being lost at the end of...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2019, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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One of the more curious aspects of this incredible story is the way that Dana, as she returns to the present from the past for the last time, loses her arm as she returns and is literally disabled...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011, 8:11 pm (UTC)

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Octavia Butler’s 1979 novel Kindred takes place in two periods of time, 1976, when the protagonist, Dana, has just turned 26 years-old, and 1819, decades before the Civil War would finally put an...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2014, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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In Octavia Butler's historical time-travel novel Kindred, the author challenges the reader to consider the dichotomies that seem so easy and automatic (past and present; black and white; master and...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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Rufus stumbles home drunk in part 10 of the story and tells Alice and Dana that they are "only one woman". The following is from page 228: "Behold the woman" he said. And he looked from one to...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2013, 8:58 pm (UTC)

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Octavia Butler's novel Kindred is titled this because the protagonist, Dana, learns about her family history—in other words, who her kin were—throughout the novel. One day in 1976, Dana is...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2019, 7:00 pm (UTC)

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When Dana travels back in time, she is certainly in danger because of her race. However, being a black woman in this time period puts her doubly at risk. In Part 11, Rufus tells Dana that his own...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019, 9:37 pm (UTC)

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Kindred has two very different settings; however, readers do not get much description regarding the location aspect of the setting. The book takes place in California for large parts of the story,...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2020, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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In Octavia Butler’s science fiction novel Kindred, Butler employees many of the stereotypes seen in slave narratives to examine race, gender, and power, as well as the impact slavery still has on...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019, 12:23 am (UTC)

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Dana and Alice have a cosmic connection. (Time travel just has a way of enhancing bonds like that.) They may come from different time periods and points of view, but they're both African American...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2018, 11:46 pm (UTC)

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It is an example of “reverse symbolism” because Fourth of July is Independence Day, and Rufus called Dana back to a time when she would be considered a slave. Symbolism is when something stands for...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2013, 5:12 pm (UTC)

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Dana, a time traveler from the late twentieth century, has hopes to change history when she meets Rufus Weylin. As an African American woman with modern ideas about racial equality (and the unique...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019, 1:36 am (UTC)

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As a young black woman in the 1970s, Dana has certainly faced both discrimination and hardship. But the difficulties she faces in the twentieth century pale in comparison to her daily fight to...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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Dana's and Kevin's respective families are generally hostile to their proposed marriage. Kevin is surprised to find out that his sister disapproves of her brother getting married to an African...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020, 11:57 am (UTC)

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Kevin and Dana Franklin are husband and wife. They met at an tempoary employment agency. Dana is an African American woman. She is small and attractive. She is intelligent and creative, an...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2008, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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The first meal that the characters Kevin and Dana from Kindred by Octavia Butler share is at lunch after meeting at work. At that point, they are both writers in Los Angeles, but he is more...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 6:15 am (UTC)

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In the novel Kindred, by Octavia Butler we meet Dana and Kevin Franklin. They are an interracial couple who are moving into a new home. Dana is taken suddenly back in time to the Civil War era...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010, 6:05 am (UTC)

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The use of the first-person narrative in Octavia Butler's Kindred achieves three main impacts: a contextual limit to the narrative itself, a deeper connection to the character, and, most...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred is historical and science fiction. Our protagonist Dana travels from her current setting, California in 1976, back in time to 1815. In 1815, she finds herself on a...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020, 5:49 pm (UTC)

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Rufus is a rounded character that offers Kindred readers a lot of complexity. One reason for this complexity is because he is both caring towards characters such as Dana and Alice but also...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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Margaret Weylin is fiercely protective of Rufus when he is a child, and jealous when he shows more interest in others besides her. Not wanting to lose his affectiion, she is permissive and allows...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2008, 9:18 am (UTC)

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A love story might be described as a narrative in which the love relationship (usually romantic) is the main driving force for the plot, and in which the major conflicts are strongly entwined with...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 12:28 am (UTC)

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Dana Franklin feels dizzy and overcome with nausea just before she travels from 1976 back to 1819 for the first time. These are the feelings that are directly described. She is also no doubt...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2016, 9:20 pm (UTC)

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In Kindred, Sarah is a slave in the house. When Dana first meets her, she sees her as the "mammy" type, but soon discovers she is far more than that. Sarah teaches Dana how to cook. She also gives...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2014, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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There is indeed a difference in perspective when one reads about history and when one experiences history. Kevin and Dana, an interracial couple, are transported from the 1970s to the 1800s, where...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019, 7:26 pm (UTC)

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The first two children die in infancy because of improper medical treatment. The other children are used by Rufus like "a bit in her mouth" to show Alice he has complete control over her....

Latest answer posted August 11, 2007, 12:56 am (UTC)

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Rufus Weylin is responsible for selling Sarah's children. Rufus is a slaveowner, and Sarah is his slave. It was a common practice to separate slave parents from their children. In his...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2008, 1:54 pm (UTC)

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In Kindred, the person who has the most difficulty accepting her role in the past is Dana. Although she understands that she must, at the very least, help Rufus stay alive, she finds it morally...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019, 12:59 am (UTC)

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A rope is a multi-purpose item that is used to connect, to bind, to kill, or to save. At one point in the novel, Dana creates a bag with items that she can use to make her life better when she is...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2008, 1:57 pm (UTC)

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Octavia E. Butler’s novel Kindred blends science fiction and historical fiction, as the narrative follows Dana’s time travels from 1976 Los Angeles to 1815 Maryland. The prologue reveals that...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2017, 12:01 am (UTC)

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Rufus Weylin doesn't intentionally set out to be like his father. When he is a young boy and falls and breaks his leg, Tom's first comment is that the accident is going to cost him a lot of money....

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019, 5:30 pm (UTC)

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The complexity of her relationship with each of the time periods is hard to overstate. Her life in the 1970s obviously is much better because she is a free woman with a relatively good and happy...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019, 1:46 pm (UTC)

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In Octavia Butler's historical time-travel novel "Kindred," the most apparent significance of the title refers to—as the other two answers have stated—the familial relationships that Dana is called...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018, 10:52 pm (UTC)

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Breakdowns in communication due to time travel play a major role in the novel. When Dana first disappears from her home and then reappears, her husband, Kevin, does not believe she has traveled...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019, 3:40 pm (UTC)

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Dana's family records are in "a large Bible in an ornately carved, wooden chest". The records were begun by Hagar Weylin sometime in the mid-1800s. Hagar was the daughter of Rufus...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2008, 3:25 am (UTC)

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