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Kindred, by Octavia Butler - The novel under the title Kindred is a magnificent literary piece created by renowned African-American fantasy writer and novelist of contemporary times Octavia Butler. This superb piece encompasses the most burning issues and problems faced by the African-American community. The novel throws light on the pathetic condition of the black slaves and vehemently condemns domestic violence and slavery inflicted and imposed upon the black stratum of the American society. The novel also discusses atrocities and hatred exercised upon the African Americans on the basis of racial and ethnic discrimination prevailing in the society....   [tags: Kindred Essays]
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Stability at Home vs. Fear in "Kindred" by Octavia Butler - Kindred by Octavia Butler has been a respected novel since its publication in 1979. In Kindred Butler provides readers with suspense until the last page. It provides readers with two definitions of a home. Home is a place where you feel safe where you have a family to come to when you are having a horrible day at work or at school. Home is a place where you share good and bad times with family and friends. A home is place of stability in your life. A home isn’t a place that you are scared to go to....   [tags: Kindred, Octavia Butler, ] 1273 words
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Octavia Butler's Kindred - Octavia Butler's Kindred Throughout the novel Kindred, Butler compared and contrasted modern African Americans with African Americans that were slaves in the novel. Some of the many ways she compares them are through education, work ethic, and their personal feelings about and/or how they handle their own slavery. Education is very important to the blacks that were enslaved in the novel. The slaves valued education even more than the modern African Americans like Dana who had always thought they had very high standards on education....   [tags: Slavery Education Slaves Kindred Essays]
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Rape Rewarded in Octavia Butler’s Kindred - Rape Rewarded in Octavia Butler’s Kindred “So you’ll be rid of the man and have possession of the woman just as you wanted,” I said with disgust. “Rape rewarded.” He turned his head toward me and peered at me through swollen eyes. “I begged her not to go with him,” he said quietly. “Do you hear me, I begged her!” I said nothing. I was beginning to realize that he loved the woman-to her misfortune. There was no shame in raping a black woman, but there could be shame in loving one.      Dana is brought back for the fourth time and this time five years has passed....   [tags: Octavia Butler Kindred] 789 words
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Experiencing Slavery Through Octavia Butler's Kindred - Authors of fiction often write about the human condition as a way to connect with a broad range of readers. Unlike factual textbooks, fiction gives characters feeling and emotion, allowing us to see the story behind the basic details. In many cases, readers gain a new perspective on a period of time by examining a fiction novel. In Kindred, by Octavia Butler, the near death experiences of Rufus Weylin transports a 20th century African American woman named Dana to the ante bellum South to experience exactly what it’s like to be a slave....   [tags: Octavia Butler Kindred Slave Racism Essays]
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Analysis of Octavia E. Butler's Kindred - The book follows Dana who is thrown back in time to live in a plantation during the height of slavery. The story in part explores slavery through the eye of an observer. Dana and even Kevin may have been living in the past, but they were not active members. Initially, they were just strangers who seemed to have just landed in to an ongoing play. As Dana puts it, they "were observers watching a show. We were watching history happen around us. And we were actors." (Page 98). The author creates a scenario where a woman from modern times finds herself thrust into slavery by account of her being in a period where blacks could never be anything else but slaves....   [tags: Kindred, modern slavery, gender abuse]
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Octavia Butler's Kindred vs. Harriet Jacobs' Incidents In The Life of a Slave Girl - Octavia Butler's Kindred vs. Harriet Jacobs' Incidents In The Life of a Slave Girl According to 'the conventions for slave narratives', it is possible to categorize Kindred by Octavia Butler as a slave narrative. However, the circumstances that take Dana back in time are imaginative and fantastical compared to slave narratives such as Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. While reading Kindred, one doesn't really get the experience of the slaves, but how Dana feels as she participates in slave times....   [tags: Jacobs Slave Girl Butler Kindred Essays]
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Themes in Octavia Butler's Kindred - Human Condition As Dana soon discovers, the reality of slavery is even more disturbing than its portrayal in books, movies, and television programs. Before her journey into the past, Dana called the temp agency where she worked a "slave market," even though "the people who ran it couldn't have cared less whether or not you showed up to do the work they offered." This turns out to be an ironic contrast to life at the Weylin plantation, where a slave who visits his wife without his master's permission is brutally whipped....   [tags: Kindred Analysis Octavia Butler] 1196 words
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Kindred: Through The Eyes Of A Slave - American History, though relatively short compared to the history of the rest of the world, is a topic taught during all levels of education. From elementary school to college, educators inundate students with the facts and theories regarding the transformation of this country from the dense wilderness of the 1600s to the bustling cities of today. While there are many events and time periods in this nation’s history that have shaped its culture and society, one of the most thoroughly studied eras in American History is that of slavery in the antebellum south....   [tags: American History] 2436 words
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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler - ... In the following chapter, Dana arrives at the Weylin house to help Rufus put out a fire that he started. After putting out the fire, Dana asks Rufus if he remembers her. He responded by stating that he remembered her, but he didn’t realize that it was Dana who pulled him out of the river. He continued by saying that he asked his mother where Dana went, but “‘... she got mad and said she didn’t know. I asked her again later, and she hit me. And she never hits me’” (23). When Dana appeared to find Rufus drowning in the river and his mother, Margaret, right next to him, she gives Rufus CPR and saves his life....   [tags: ignorance vs knowledge, story analysis] 776 words
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Capitalism and Oppression in The Hunger Games and Kindred - The novels The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Kindred by Octavia Butler both contain examples of oppression created and/or worsened by the capitalist society in which they are set. In The Hunger Games, Collins creates a futuristic society of severe class inequality in which the children of the poor are killed for the political benefit and entertainment of the rich. Kindred is primarily set on a 19th century American slave plantation and examines the institution slavery in a fictional context....   [tags: Suzanne Collins, middle class, district]
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A Comparison of Butler's Life and Kindred - A Comparison of Butler's Life and Kindred   What lies in the mind of an author as he or she begins the long task of writing a fiction novel. This question can be answered if the author's life is studied and then compared to the work itself. Octavia E. Butler's life and her novel Kindred have remarkable comparisons. This essay will point out important events of Butler's life and how they link to the mentioned novel. Octavia Estelle Butler was born on June 22, 1947 in Pasadena, California (Voices From 1)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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A People's Past in the Novel Kindred - Kindred In Octavia Butler’s novel "Kindred," A young African-American woman writer named Dana who is married to a white man named Kevin whom is also a writer. Dana is pulled back into time during the 19th century. Dana comes face to face with many obstacles and is forced to deal with her "people’s past" (Harris) until she returns to her present day life in California. Throughout the book; Dana continues to save Rufus, her ancestor, and slowly begins to accept slavery in order to survive. Dana is pulled back into the past whenever Rufus is faced with a life or death situation....   [tags: Octavia Butler] 1487 words
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Kindred - Kindred Writing Activity The fire, page 36: “I could literally smell his sweat, hear every ragged breath, every cry, every cut of the whip. I could see his body jerking, convulsing, straining against the rope as his screaming went on and on. My stomach heaved, and I had to force myself to stay where I was and keep quiet.Why didn’t they stop!” In the middle of the night, four white men storm into a cabin in the woods while four others wait outside. The cabin belongs to Alice and her mom. The four men pull out Alice’s father along with her mom, both are naked....   [tags: essays research papers] 397 words
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Kindred by Octavia Butler - Kindred by Octavia Butler Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred is categorized as science fiction because of the existence of time travel. However, the novel does not center on the schematics of this type of journey. Instead, the novel deals with the relationships forged between a Los Angeles woman from the 20th century, and slaves from the 19th century. Therefore, the mechanism of time travel allows the author a sort of freedom when writing this "slavery narrative" apart from her counterparts. Butler is able to judge the slavery from the point of view of a truly "free" black woman, as opposed to an enslaved one describing memories....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Alice's Suicide in Kindred - Alice's Suicide: Her Only Way to Freedom The Book Kindred, written by Octavia E. Butler, is full of scenes where power, submission and pain are seen throughout its pages. The scene that by far shocked me the most was when Dana discovered that Alice had committed suicide. The whole situation is an act of desperation where a woman has lost the inspiration of her life with nothing to live for. The scene started when Dana walked into the barn where once she had been whipped. She tried to get used to the darkness....   [tags: Octavia Butler] 764 words
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Kindred - Brutal Slaveholder’s Life In The Hands of Dana Dana and Rufus might look like friends from the outside, but Dana’s feelings for him are quite different from what we think of them. To begin with Dana sees Rufus as a child needing or relying upon her protection. For instance, when Dana saved him from drowning in the river. Secondly, she views him as a man of his time. In another words Rufus’s personality is the way that any other man would have been in that period of time towards his slaves....   [tags: essays research papers] 617 words
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The Experience of Characters in Kindred by Octavia E. Butler - ... The next time Dana travels, Kevin holds onto her and is also brought back in time. This time Kevin and Dana stay on Rufus’s dads plantation for several weeks to educate Rufus. After Dana is able to stay at her apartment for several days, she travels back into time to figure out that Kevin has left Maryland and that Rufus ended up raping Alice. Alice’s husband then ends up beating Rufus. Dana stays in Maryland 2 months and goes through quite a lot. Kevin then shows up in Maryland and Rufus tries to shoot at Dana and Kevin but they manage to travel to 1970....   [tags: rape, suicide, slavery] 559 words
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Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace - In Module 1, Kindred Todd faced quite a few ethical dilemmas that included her values and technical ineptness. The first predicament was tested her personal morals and ethics. According to, Cumming and Worley, OD practitioners are dealing more and more with value conflicts with powerful outside groups (Cummings & Worley, 2008). Kindred was immediately faced with the issue of knowing what was ethically correct but being told the unethical approach was the best in order to benefit the client and her job security....   [tags: Clients, Boss]
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Neo-Slave Narratives and Octavia Butler - Neo-slave narratives are an African American genre that is concerned with the continued affairs of slavery, physical and psychological, on both slaves and the enslavers. They examine questions of labor, violence, denial, unequal relations of dependence, and the need to build better futures together with former oppressors (Gates Jr. and McKay). There are three types of neo-slave narratives. The third person historical novel of slavery, the first person narration of the life story of a slave, and the recounting of the traumatic legacy of slavery on later generations....   [tags: freedom, determination]
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The Connection between Earth and Humans - In today’s worldwide economy, sustainability has become a significant part of life, which had begun many years ago in past civilizations and has gradually improved and developed in today’s society. After the destruction brought about during the Holocaust, “How could anyone pretend that the human race was governed by reason, that advances in technology and science were for the greater good, when human beings were not only capable of genocide, but also possessed the ability to annihilate themselves” (Sayre 1467)....   [tags: Life Without Principle, Henry David Thoreau]
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Perception of Death in the Play “Everyman" - In the play “everyman” death is depicted as something that is terribly feared as no one seemed ready for it, death is perceived as something that takes one away from the pleasures of this world. Everyman is a classic play written in the 15th century whose subject is the struggle of the soul. This is a morality play and a good example of transition play linking liturgical drama and the secular drama that came at the end of English medieval period. In the play, death is perceived as tragic and is intensely feared....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Everyman: Death’s Perception and Treatment - “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them’" (Rev 14:13 NIV). The well-known, late fiftieth century morality play, Everyman, depicts the essence of the correlation between performing good deeds and death. Morality plays were allegorical dramas used to instruct audiences in the morals and promises of the Christian faith by using personification. Although, the author of Everyman remains unknown; it is believed to have been the Dutchman, Elckerlijk....   [tags: god, mighty messenger]
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The Morality Play: More than Just a Lesson Learned - Morality Plays are allegorical plays that teach moral lessons and were especially popular with the medieval audience. Today, the morality play Everyman, is occasionally performed or read at colleges and church organizations. These productions are usually academic in nature or focused on religious ideology. Ron Tanner, author of Humor in Everyman and the Middle English Morality Play argues that the play has value beyond such narrow focus. A closer evaluation of the plot and characters would support this assertion....   [tags: morality play, plays, theatre, everyman, ] 1020 words
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Transcendentalism in America: The Philosophical and Literary Movement - ... Next, Emerson uses a metaphor to explain the equality and connection one feels when experiencing elements of the over-soul, “All mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball” (3). Here, Emerson is emphasizing how man is one with nature. A transparent eyeball is an eye that sees everything as a whole. This whole would be the over-soul: humanity, nature, and God. The transparent eye does not focus on one item at a time like man sometimes does. Lastly, “I am nothing; I see all… I am part or particle of God” (3)....   [tags: authors, beliefs, spiritual] 1060 words
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Saulot, A Vampire and Classification of True Daeva - Clan: True Daeva Progenitor: Troile House: Tirinavich There is little consistency in the knowledge about the Daeva progenitor because the stories may confuse three individuals: the Troile (triplets). One was a creature of fierce unpredictability responsive to her passions and desires like a leaf to the wind. Another was a cold, humourless, and ruthless pragmatist who was constantly calculating machinations of future events. The final one, a prophetess torn in between her siblings trying to please both yet find compromise and lead them and their childer....   [tags: Vampires, Clan] 819 words
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Inequality: Modern Oppression in the United States - One of the first things students are told when studying creative writing is to “write what you know.” The phrase has been repeated countless times by countless teachers and professors, yet what does writing what you know truly entail. Octavia Estelle Butler was born in Pasadena, California in 1947. Her father, a shoemaker, died while she was only a baby leaving her to be raised by her mother and grandmother. Her family wasn’t well off financially and she observed her mother, who was a housemaid, work extremely hard to barely keep the household afloat....   [tags: Civil Rights]
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Perspective on Death in the Play Everyman - The play Everyman may have been written many years ago, but its lessons are still relevant today. Generally, the facts of death are very traumatizing and in fact unthinkable. This leads the modern day Everyman to ignore its significance, dying without acknowledging or reflecting on their lives here on earth. It is based on this fact that this paper aims to show the position of the author of the play “Everyman” regarding death. History of the Play Like many other morality- allegorical plays, Everyman, fits in as the finest representative of this category....   [tags: Play Analysis, History of Play]
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State Mission of the National Guard - Along with deployments over seas the National Guard has state mission. These state missions comprise of multiple parts. Part one of the mission is to respond to the natural disasters of their state and country. Most everyone has heard of the National Guard going out and battling fires, helping general public deal with all aspects of the floods, tornadoes and civil unrest. In these situations the governor of the state, territories or district, places his province in a state of emergency. This allows him to control the National Guard until the crisis is exerted and in which case the National Guard is returned to its normal state as the protector of freedom and safety of their state and country...   [tags: Military] 2401 words
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The Evolving Poetry of Robert Frost - Robert Frost wrote a poem – twice. The early version of the poem, “In White,” created a simple scene filled with anomalies. For some reason, years later the work beckoned for further attention. The poet complied and skillfully enhanced the work, rendering a finished poem that exceeds the scope of the original. Both versions of the Frost’s poem send a nuanced message to the thoughtful reader. While vague and open to interpretation, that message invites debate, an introspective feast. The poem “Design” demonstrates polished superiority through Frost’s mastery of imagery, amplified by devices, and unburdened language....   [tags: American Literature] 1193 words
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The Fanonian Conception of Race - ... It was not clear if Beloved was an incarnation of the infant, spirit of a dead baby, or just a ghost. People assumed that she was the dead infant in a grown woman’s body. She represented as a baby in many ways, cannot walk, impaired speech, and no control over her body. She was identified as a baby and that her mother is her only possession. As Beloved is there, Sethe tries to forget the past or leave it behind, but it’s very difficult as she is there. Sethe tries but fails to remember the African language that was spoken by her mother to remember her mother....   [tags: racism, human, socially, culturally] 1718 words
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Okonkwo: The Tragic Hero in Things Fall Apart - A character with a tragic flaw is one who consistently makes a particular error in their actions and this eventually leads to their doom. Okonkwo, a perfect tragic character, is driven by his fear of unmanliness, which causes him to act harshly toward his fellow tribesmen, his family and himself. He judges all people by how manly they act. In Okonkwo’s eyes a man is a violent, hard working, wealthy person and anyone who does not meet these standards he considers weak. Okonkwo’s fear of unmanliness is kindled by his father, who was a lazy, unaccomplished man....   [tags: Things Fall Apart] 470 words
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The Modern Morality Play - The Morality play can be defined as an “allegorical play popular especially in the 15th and 16th centuries in which the characters personify abstract qualities or concepts which involve a direct conflict between right and wrong or good and evil and from which a moral lesson may be draw (Webster).” Today, the morality play Everyman, is occasionally performed or read at colleges and church organizations. These productions are usually academic in nature or focused on religious ideology. Ron Tanner author of Humor in Everyman and the Middle English Morality Play argues that this play has value beyond such narrow focus....   [tags: Modern, Morality Play, plays, theatre, ] 1078 words
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Comparing Everyman and The Second Shepherds' Play - Everyman and The Second Shepherds' Play remind the audience that good deeds are necessary for redemption, however, they reinforce the idea that we must shun material concerns to be redeemed. Both plays seek to reinforce these aspects of redemption to insure that all may be redeemed. The world is imperfect, and the only way we can make ourselves perfect and worthy of redemption is by not worrying about our material well being and performing good deeds. It is by disregarding our material concerns that allow us to perform good deeds....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1231 words
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Rash actions Leads to Chaos in Shakespeare´s Romeo and Juliet - Bloodshed, tears, and chaos; will one endure all of these hardships for love. When people are in love, they perform rash actions which ultimately lead to chaos. In Romeo and Juliet, written by the well-known playwright William Shakespeare, one of the main characters, Romeo, falls in love with a beautiful girl named Juliet, who is of the Capulet family. Throughout the tragedy, lust proves to be a greater factor than true love. Lust causes Romeo’s love for Rosaline to quickly move on to Juliet. In addition, the deep anger that Romeo feels after witnessing the death of his good friend, Mercutio, leads to the thought of revenge and slaying towards Tybalt, the murderer....   [tags: love, lust, revenge] 531 words
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Edgar Allen Poe´s Childhood in the Poem Alone - ... “Then- in my childhood, in the dawn, Of a most stormy life- was drawn, From every depth of good and ill, The mystery which binds me still” (9-12). The speaker felt that they had no control over their fate. No matter what happened, whether it be good or bad, the speaker felt abandoned and tormented a result of this ‘mystery’. When looking at line 12 itself, “The mystery which binds me still”, the ‘mystery’ is referring to the death of a significant person in the speaker’s life. Because of the use of the word mystery, the reader can conclude that it was a sudden death, and the speaker did not know why it happened....   [tags: diction, symbolism, allusions, love, desolation] 578 words
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