What are the similarities between Dana and Alice in "Kindred"?

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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 women navigating their way through an unjust world—and I don't just mean in 1815. Even in Dana's home timeline of 1976, race relations had a long, long way to go.

If we focus on 1815, though, both Dana and Alice are strong-willed women who start out free and are later enslaved. Both are tormented by Rufus and hated by Liza. Dana and Alice are each driven by their pain, too. Alice, for example, resents Dana and her relationship with Rufus, and that motivates her to attack Dana's character and paint her as a disloyal white sympathizer. Dana uses her physical pain to make it through each day; the other slaves can hate on her all they want, but she'll even be Margaret's personal slave if it means avoiding another whipping. At the end of Kindred , Dana uses her emotional pain, as well. Her anguish...

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