In what ways does the title Kindred encapsulate the relationships within the novel?

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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 back in time to save . Dana, a black woman from the 1970s, is summoned back in time to save her ancestor, Rufus, a slave-owning white man, and ensure that he impregnates Alice, a free black woman who he later buys as his slave and concubine. The relationships Dana ends up forming with both Rufus and Alice are complex and difficult, especially because time passes differently between the two periods. Over the course of just a few weeks of 1970s time, Dana watches Rufus and Alice grow from small children into hardened adults. Try as she might to morally influence Rufus as he ages, Dana is no match for the social context of the antebellum South, and he turns into exactly the man she fears he will: a racist and abusive slave-owner who takes advantage of and hurts the people he loves. And try as...

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