In Kindred, what is the significance of Dana losing her arm?

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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 by her experiences and time travelling. You might find it interesting to read what Butler herself said about this ending and how it relates to the novel as a whole. Let us remember that the whole motif of time travelling is designed to force us as readers to experience slavery and its grim realities first hand, just as Dana is forced to...

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