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Slavery in literature has been a crucial and defining template for understanding past and modern human rights abuse. Due to the influence that these literary works can have on our understanding of history, it is important that the content be authentic, unbiased and historically factual. The two novels: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Kindred by Octavia Butler,...
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In the novels ‘Kindred’ by Octavia Butler and ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding, one of the main points portrayed by both authors is how to exert and maintain power over others. Rufus from ‘Kindred’ and Jack from ‘Lord of the Flies’ both use similar tactics to maintain their power over their peers. Both boys attempt at hiding their...
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‘Kindred’, by Octavia E. Butler, tells the story of Dana, a 26-year-old African American woman from the 1970s, who is constantly called into the 19th century antebellum South by her white ancestor, Rufus Weylin. After learning she must keep Rufus alive to ensure her own bloodline, she explores her family’s roots while at the same time, struggles to witness and...
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Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’ traces central protagonist, Dana Franklin’s genealogy by physically ‘returning’ her to her slave past in antebellum Maryland. By deconstructing the body of the female slave Butler uses Dana’s body as the site for historical markings, so that she is literally and symbolically scarred by her ancestral past. As Michel Foucault notes, the purpose of genealogy is “to...
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In the novel, ‘Kindred’ by Octavia Butler, and the poem ‘Harlem’ by Langston Hughes, they both use symbolism to communicate how racism destroys the dreams and ambitions of those affected by its grasp. The poem ‘Harlem’ by Langston Hughes uses symbolism to communicate how racism destroys the dreams and ambitions of those affected by its grasp. Hughes opens the poem...
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“Rufus had done exactly what he said he would do: Gotten possession of the woman without having to bother her husband. Now, somehow, Alice would have to accept not only the loss of her husband, but her own enslavement. Rufus had caused her trouble and now he had been rewarded for it” (149). This quote from the book ‘Kindred’ reveals...
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Octavia E. Butler and Colson Whitehead represent race and ethnicity in ‘Kindred’ and ‘The Underground Railroad’ respectively in a number of different ways. Published in 1979 and initially set in 1976 California during the antebellum period, ‘Kindred’ contains elements pertaining to time travel and revolves around narratives in regards to slaves. Whereas ‘The Underground Railroad’, published in 2016, tracks the...
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Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’, tells a story of how a woman from the modern era called Dana was taken back in time from her house in California into the antebellum south to protect a man that would become her ancestor. You could say that her survival essentially relied on her ability to keep him alive and well. Throughout her long and...
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The surroundings of an individual strongly have a large contributing factor in how a person will turn out, while others believe it predestines a person to conduct oneself a certain way. Written by Octavia E. Butler, ‘Kindred’, takes place in 1815, Antebellum South and in 1976, Los Angeles, California. The protagonist is a young African-American woman writer, Dana Franklin, who...

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