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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, ]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Kindred '

- The book Kindred is about a women named Dana, a present day African American women. She ends up traveling from California, where she lives with her husband Kevin, who is Caucasian, back to the antebellum South. Dana only goes back in time when Rufus needs her help and each time she is there she seems to stay longer. Rufus is a white slave owner son. Slavery had previously existed throughout history, in many times and most places. What does it mean to be a slave or an enslaved person. To be a slave is to be owned by another person....   [tags: Slavery in the United States, Slavery, Africa]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Kindred '

- Octavia Butler wrote Kindred in order “to make others feel the history: the pain and fear that black people have had to live through in order to endure” (Fox). She drew on her mother’s experiences as a maid to tell the story that belonged to many Black Americans. Butler frequently wrote novels with strong, independent black woman protagonists. Kindred tells the story of a 1967 black woman, Dana, who travels back in time to antebellum Maryland to, time and time again, save the life of her white, slaveholding ancestor while also preserving her own....   [tags: Slavery, Black people, Sub-Saharan Africa]

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The Handmaid 's Tale And Kindred

- In regards to civic responsibility, women should have a choice on their level of involvement and contributions to society. Every woman has different circumstances and thus makes it impossible for one standard of involvement to be set. Every individual woman has a different level of comfort in regards to political involvement, work place involvement, reproductive involvement, and familial involvement; all of which contribute to the well being of society in different ways. Authors Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler both support the idea of different roles for different women in their books The Handmaid’s Tale and Kindred....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, Slavery]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Kindred '

- Butler (1979) showed in her novel Kindred, that the times are getting harder to live in for Dana, the main character. The world itself can be a dark and scary place, but Dana feels this, “It was a bad night, I didn’t get much sleep. Nor was I to get much for six days and nights following (Butler, 1979, p. 207). Using this statement, the night time makes the situation harder to deal with and makes everyone fear the unknown. Why does the world feel so dark and numb to Dana. Since she goes back in 1976, the world believes that slavery is something that is okay to follow through with performing....   [tags: Slavery, African American]

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Literary Analysis : ' Kindred '

- Society constantly changing rules and culture is the main reason for conflict between people. This is displayed in “Kindred” were numerous African descending people are enslaved. In the novel Rufus and Dana -the main characters- have a difficult time getting along. This is because they were raised in different societies with different cultural acceptance. In the novel, you can observe Dana struggles with trying to fit in and stay out of trouble, and Rufus frustration in trying to control her. As seen in this novel, the thing people are taught or use to often time interfere with their good judgment and can make overlook things that are morally wrong....   [tags: Slavery, Black people, White people, Marriage]

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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]

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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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Analysis Of O ' Connor 's ' Kindred '

- Maddie O’Connor In Kindred, Dana is pulled from her home in a “modern” time and sent back to the times of slavery, and in doing so again and again, she changes. If you were put in a similar situation and sent back to the same time with her same disadvantage of being of a darker skin color, do you think you would also change as she had. Oppression is a force that works in a lot of ways, both outright and direct, and even when a person is actively knowledgeable about it and/or purposefully trying to resist it, it can end up completely changing who they were and in the times of slavery, it worked as the driving force of keeping slavery alive in all kinds of ways....   [tags: Slavery, Slavery in the United States, Whip]

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Literary Analysis : Kindred By Octavia Butler

- Kindred How far would someone go to survive. All through life people go through various challenges, but when someone is facing death, how far would someone will they go to save oneself. Survival can mean many different things; such as making it through highschool without getting into trouble, fighting off a predator, or standing up for what is right to help others. In Kindred, Octavia Butler uses many different situations to show what survival means to her. For example, Dana, the main character, travels through time to save her ancestor Rufus thus experiencing times of near death predicaments....   [tags: Time, Time travel, Slavery, Future]

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Literary Analysis : Kindred By Octavia Butler

- Abolutionist, Fredrick Douglass once stated, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will”()....   [tags: Slavery in the United States, Slavery, Abuse]

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Analysis Of The Novel ' Kindred, The Narrator, Dana.

- “Pre-civil war, when White Americans were retaining ownership over fellow human beings… The American slave system enabled many African Americans to be beaten, raped, and separated from their family” (Beaird 1). In the novel of Kindred, the story is told by the first-person narrator, Dana. It is Dana’s twenty-sixth birthday and she and her husband Kevin have just moved into a new apartment together as a new couple. Then, out of the blue throughout the book, Dana randomly becomes nauseous at times and travels through time, back to 1815, the slavery age....   [tags: Slavery, Slavery in the United States]

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Literary Analysis : Kindred By Octavia Butler

- Abolitionist, Fredrick Douglass once stated, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will”(Douglass)....   [tags: Slavery in the United States, Slavery, Abuse]

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Analysis Of Octavia Butler 's Kindred

- The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same. The 1970’s were a time of free love, drug exploration and civil rights movements. During the 70’s the idea of race relations was a tricky subject, as it still is today, and though most can argue that race relations have improved since Americas creation to present day. Octavia butler’s kindred can be used to make a counter argument. That is, until the 1970’s racism, and race relations between white and black people in the 1800’s and 1970s were more similar than different in their practices and that not much at all had changed in that massive time span of what can be considered modern history....   [tags: Black people, White people, Slavery, Race]

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Kindred By Octavia Butler. Dana. Priestley

- In the novel Kindred by Octavia Butler, Dana reveals in the fight that she is drawn back again to a flashback of her husband Kevin talking to her in their kitchen; however, she realizes Kevin did not make it back to their home. Dana had a feeling of fainting and vomiting, and she realized that she would soon see Rufus and reconciled with her husband that she had not seen for months. Dana saw that Rufus was beaten by this young black male and there was a young lady who was frighten and had her clothes tore and told the man to run away and to leave Rufus....   [tags: Race, Human, Slavery, Racism]

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The White Slave Narrative Kindred By Octavia E. Butler

- Literary critic Thelma Shinn Richard has said that “colonialism has inscribed its history on every African-American body and mind.” This is certainly evident in the science fiction slave narrative Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. One of Butler’s primary reasons for writing Kindred, perhaps subconsciously, may have been to try to receive closure about any white slave-owning ancestors she possibly had in her family tree. Creating the story of Dana Franklin, a modern black woman traveling through time to save her lineage from extinction, allows Butler to illustrate the ways in which some of the oppression that took place during the period of American slavery has carried over into later years, and...   [tags: Slavery, Black people]

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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]

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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]

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Literary Analysis Of Octavia Butler 's Kindred

- Octavia Butler’s Kindred is often hailed as a great work of science and speculative fiction due to the way the protagonist, Dana, unwillingly time travels back to slave-era Maryland to save her white ancestor when he places himself in life threatening situations. However, many theorists also place it in the neo-slave narrative genre because of the first person narration, and the way the novel attempts to give a voice to the silenced slaves of that era. I would argue that Kindred’s genre bending allows Butler to explore the fluidity of the past for American, particularly Black Americans....   [tags: Black people, Slavery, African American]

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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]

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The Books Kindred By Octavia Butler And The Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

- The books Kindred by Octavia Butler and The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz depict the violent aspects within their respective cultures. The violence shown in these novels are intricately biased based on the connection to the gender, race, and cultural norms of the narrator. Butler writes Kindred from the narration of an African American woman in California who travels back to the antebellum south in the early 19th century. Díaz writes from the perspective of a Dominican man, Yunior, who is a traditional stereotype of the Dominican man....   [tags: Violence, Domestic violence]

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The Life Of Douglass 's ' Kindred, By F. Scott Gilman. D. Douglass

- Slaves found family and education important while living in America. On one level, family provides comfort and education is useful to ending their dreadful lifestyle. For instance, slaves thought of family as a unit of people that support and love each other through good and bad times. In addition, education is a powerful tool because it empowers individuals thus masters of slaves would prevent their learning. However, both family and education during this time has a flaw. Family can be threatening because trust isn’t there when it is survival of the fittest for many....   [tags: Slavery in the United States, Slavery, Family]

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Analysis Of Mayr And His Kindred Naturalists From Homo Sapiens : Portability And Its Impact On Disengagement

- Has the story of Mayr and his kindred naturalists—those evolutionists who incorporate characteristic choice in their clarifications and who involve a solid dominant part of evolutionist voices today—now entered a kind of evolutionary stasis. Not yet. Case in point, consider Mayr 's focal hypothesis of speciation as it applies to an innovative animal categories, for example, people. There are social and inventive parts of our purported "more elevated amount" species that can possibly irritate whether and how new species taxa may develop from homo sapiens: portability and its impact on disengagement, innovation connected to natural and physiological conditions, manufactured demands on prolife...   [tags: Evolution, Human, Species, Speciation]

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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]

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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]

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Stevens Murder Kindled A Fire

- Stevens murder kindled a fire within Jeffrey and he was then actively seeking victims. Mostly he would look for gay African American. He would lure these men back to his grandmothers house where he would tell them he would feed them or they would have sex and then he would give them alcohol laced with the sleeping pills. He would then strangle them to death. His goal was the be able to preform sexual acts on the bodies. He would then dismember them. It was later found that he would take pictures of this process at different stages....   [tags: Jeffrey Dahmer, Sexual intercourse]

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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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Slavery Is A Long Slow Process Of Dulling

- Slavery, when most people hear this word they cringe. Some people say slavery dates back to as far as 8000 BC.But what exactly is slavery. According to Merriam Webster slavery is defined has, “Drudgery, Toil, Submission to a dominating influence” (Slavery). But lets define it a little more, the first word we see is Drudgery which means “ dull, irksome, and fatiguing work : uninspiring or menial labor” (Drudgery). In Kindred Dana remarks that “Slavery is a long slow process of dulling.” (Kindred 183) which you can see to be true from the fact that dull comes from the very definition of slavery....   [tags: Slavery, Slavery in the United States]

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Analysis Of The Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

- Although both novels recognize domestic violence to be culturally embedded, Kindred takes a stronger position against structural misogyny because in The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the tone suggests a more passive viewpoint towards domestic violence. A reoccurring them in the novel of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is sex which is viewed as a rite of passage. Sex is extremely apparent in the book which shows the importance it has within the Dominican culture. According to the narrator Yunior, sex is tremendously engrained in the Dominican culture so much that accordingly to legend “No Dominican has died a virgin” (??)....   [tags: Violence, Domestic violence]

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Wild Seed By Octavia Butler

- them” and “friend and enemies”, there are other texts in which correspond to the same ideas and can be utilized to further support the relevance oppression has to these particular concepts. To elaborate, another text also written by Octavia Butler entitled Wild Seed thoroughly supports the concept that “control” is regarded as the underlying issue to oppression. A clear reference to be made involves characters of both Kindred and Wild Seed. Within Wild Seed Doro abuses his control and utilizes his powers for selfish purposes as do the white men in Kindred....   [tags: African American, Racism]

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African American Writer, Witness As An Observer Through Time

- The purpose of this essay is to highlight the issues that Dana, a young African-American writer, witness as an observer through time. As a time traveler, she witnesses slavery and gender violation during 19th and 20th centuries and examines these problems in terms of how white supremacy disrupts black familial bonds. While approaching Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred, this essay analyses how gender and racial violation relates to familial bonds through Dana 's experience in Tom Weylin 's plantation....   [tags: Black people, Slavery]

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Parallels Between The Weylin Plantation And The Educational System

- Salvador Arguilla Professor Prado WGSS 220 9 May, 2016 Parallels Between The Weylin Plantation and the Educational System In the slave narrative “Kindred” written by Octavia Butler, social inequality plays a vital role in the development of conflicts regarding the equality of access to pivotal resources among classes. When deciphering social classes in the novel, Butler highlights the character’s differences in norms, values, beliefs, attitudes, and access to resources; they can then be used to categorize a characters place within the socioeconomic ladder ranging from lower to upper class....   [tags: Sociology, Social stratification, Social class]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnets And Plays

- Love has always been a controversial topic. There are many definitions such as the scientific, the dictionary, and the personal definitions. The scientific definition states that love is a reaction of an increased amount of Oxytocin, a hormone created by both men an women to serve as a mutual attraction between mates. The Merriam Webster dictionary states “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.” as their definition. Shakespeare had many personalized definitions of love, one being that any type of love can be immortalized some how; as we read through his works, we can come to realize that it ends up being a reoccurring theme....   [tags: Love, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet]

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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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I Am Writing This Letter

- I am writing this letter to express my strong interest in your Writing 39B class, especially after I realized how much it helped me improve a lot as a writer while working on Rhetorical-Analysis (RA) exercises, Essay Drafts, peer reviews, and revision processes. In particular, I will focus on what I learned so far from these assignments and participations to be prepared for the RA Essay. In addition, this letter will indicate how I progressively improved myself as a writer, comparing to how I was before enrolling in this class....   [tags: Writing, Rhetoric, Writing process, Academia]

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William Shakespeare 's Play And The Miracle Play

- The whole play of Everyman could be seen as a performance to entertain. Morality plays were very popular during the 15th century and they had a big attraction to viewers. According to the British Encyclopedia, “Together with the mystery play and the miracle play, the morality play is one of the three main types of vernacular drama produced during the Middle Ages. The action of the morality play centres on a hero, such as Mankind, whose inherent weaknesses are assaulted by such personified diabolic forces as the Seven Deadly Sins…” This fits the description of Everyman due to the fact that Everyman reflects mankind and the struggles he faces....   [tags: Seven deadly sins, Pride, Lust, Gluttony]

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Symbolism Of The Yellow Tree By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Hawthorne further employs amazing literary techniques in his novel through the use of motifs, developed by symbols within the book. One of these motifs developed through symbolism is the motif of harsh Puritan punishment. This is first seen near the jail cell in which Hester was being detained for some time prior to the start of the novel. The entryway to the prison, an “… iron-clamped oaken door…” is a symbol used to develop this motif (43). The symbol lies in the word “oaken”, which, as stated previously, the oak tree a strong symbol for the Puritans and their practices....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, John Winthrop]

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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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Adolf Hitler And The Reich Citizenship Law

- In September 15, 1935 Nazi Germany’s Reichstag enacted the Reich Citizenship Law. This law was not the beginning, but one of many of the Nazi government’s attempts to create a uniform sense of community in Germany. Prior to 1933, Germany’s government was ruled by the Weimar republic, which took over after WW1. Citizens of Germany were upset with the economic and political problems that plagued the country following the Treaty of Versailles, and were desperate for a charismatic leader who offered change and promised to fix these plaguing issues....   [tags: Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, Nazism]

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Mahatma Gandhi And The Social Administration

- A legend is somebody who goes past the points of confinement of the standard to accomplish something for more prominent 's benefit of society and humankind. With fearlessness and valor, a legend endeavors to demolish what isn 't right and low with society with their challenging activities. With these activities a saint 's motivation is to attempt to change how individuals imagine life in an alternate point of view. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi had the capacity decimate the social administration in India, built up by an abusive British government, with his advancement of peace and insurgency....   [tags: Frank Darabont, The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist]

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William Shakespeare 's ' Everyman '

- A Journey to Your Final Resting Place If God called you home today, will you be ready to give an account of how you are living. That’s exactly what the character Everyman had to do in the morality play, titled Everyman, which was written in the 16th century by an unknown author. God sent Death to Everyman to remind him who his maker was and that it was time for him to take the journey to the other side. Death also reminded him that he has to bring along his book of accounts on this journey. Everyman was not ready for this journey and did not want to take it alone....   [tags: Good and evil, God, 2000 albums, Virtue]

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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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Love Is Defined As The Act Of Caring For Others Unconditionally And Ensuring Their Integrity

- Love is defined as the act of caring for others unconditionally and ensuring their integrity. This definition of love can be conveyed in serval different ways and forms and is dependent on the person that is being shown love. Such as family and friends, the love they receive is a kindred kind that cares about their whole being and focuses on their state of well- being and the happiness you bring to them and vice versa. Aside from kindred love is romantic love. Romantic love is problematic because it is the desire to please your significant other, in an immature way that sacrifices your individuality while preserving your partner’s individuality and life outside the relationship....   [tags: Love, Romance, Interpersonal relationship]

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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, ]

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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]

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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]

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Olivia Butler Was An American Non Fiction Writer

- Olivia Butler was an American non-fiction writer. She wrote the novel Kindred in the year of 1979. Kindred is defined as a family or a spirit of our relatives. The novel was breaking down into six section regarding the time of each scene. The six sections of the book are the river, the fire, the fall, the fight, the storm, and the rope. This novel is about knowing the character’s ancestors by transporting into two different times. The narrator in this novel is Dana, she has the ability to go back to the past....   [tags: Black people, White people, Time]

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Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' Beloved '

- The Future Defined By The Past “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined” is a quote that from Toni Morrison’s book (225). Beloved that describes the basis of slavery in both books. The definers mentioned in the quote are white people and the defined are the slaves. The definitions can refer to anything from education to personality. Slaves had no option, no personality, and were not differentiated from other slaves. They were just a piece of property and not human beings. Each book talks about the horrors of the past of slavery and how it affects the future and the main characters....   [tags: Time, Future, Present, Past]

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A Study Of Human Social Relationships And Institutions

- Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. In conflict assumes that social behavior is best understood in terms of conflict or tension between competing groups. In socialization is the process by which people learn their culture is the process by which people learn their culture....   [tags: Sociology, Social class, Social status]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Fall '

- In the book Kindred (Butler, 2003), the Chapter “The Fall” takes us back to the time when Dana and Kevin met, then a lot of unexpected events occur when she takes us back to the present. Dana recalls how she met Kevin at work and how they ended up bonding and falling for each other once they found out they were both writers. Going back to the present time, Kevin time travels with Dana while he was trying to help her when she was feeling dizzy. They find themselves in the woods to Rufus, with a broken leg, and Nigel, his black slave....   [tags: Slavery in the United States, Slavery, Future]

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The Marriage Rules Of The Fourth Lateran Council

- The marriage rules in the Fourth Lateran Council had some similarities to the advice that was give by Gregory the Great to Augustine and the Gratian case we went over in class. In the Fourth Lateran Council it is illegal for the offspring of a second marriage to get with the family member of the first marriage. The text says “ Since therefore the prohibition about contracting marriage in the second or third degree of affinity and uniting the offspring of a second marriage to the kindred of the first husband frequently lead to difficulty and sometimes endanger souls, we, inasmuch as when the prohibition ceases the effect cease, revoke with the approval of the holy council decrees published on...   [tags: Marriage, Family, Husband, Pope Gregory I]

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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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The Slave Of Time, By Octavia Butler

- Slave of Time Kindred is a novel of many themes. Time travel and slavery are two of the most important themes throughout the book. The protagonist Edana is a smart black independent woman of her time. She is married to Kevin a white man. One day, Dana travels from her life in L.A. in 1976 to the Antebellum South; to a plantation in Maryland 1815. She journeys back in time several occasions to ensure the survival of Rufus Weylin, a white child that throughout the novel becomes an explosive slaveholder and who, in fact, turns out to be one of Dana’s ancestors....   [tags: Slavery, Slavery in the United States]

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Effects Of Smoking On The United States

- I can still hear my dad’s words in my head, “if only I had quit sooner.” My dad decided to quit smoking cigarettes about eight years ago. He was fed up with letting his addiction to smoking since the age of fourteen, rule his life. Smoking had taken its toll on his health and it was an unnecessary financial burden on him and our family. My dad knew how bad smoking was for his health. He also knew how harmful secondhand smoke is, and thankfully, he chose not to smoke around his family. Smoking is the most preventable cause of death, but unfortunately it is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States....   [tags: Tobacco smoking, Smoking, Lung cancer]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Comparison Between Beowulf And Beowulf

- The poem of Beowulf has been told many times for hundreds of years. There have been many versions and variations that differ from the original written tale. There has recently been a movie production of the epic tale that was released in 2007 entailed Beowulf. Although this variation of the story was entertaining it was not an accurate account of the story of Beowulf. This analysis of both narratives will illustrate the differences between the two. In the movie depiction of Beowulf both the Danes and the Geats are Pagan....   [tags: Beowulf, Anglo-Saxons, Mead hall, Denmark]

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All Readers And Writers Know

- As all readers and writers know, transitions are an essential component to storytelling as they provide the physical shift from section to section. More importantly, if used in the right way a transition can advance the plot itself. Octavia Butler is a master of the transition device in her novel, Kindred as she physically shifts her characters through time and space as well as developing powerful changes in their individual characterizations. While there are a plethora of examples that can be used to demonstrate this, one of the most formidable transitions occurs simultaneously with and within Dana herself....   [tags: English-language films, Time]

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Friendship Between Men And Men

- Friendship C.S. Lewis believes that friendships are built on commonality. However; if you begin to see that the person you are trying to build a friendship with don’t have the same similarities as you do then you begin to see that there will be no friendship amongst the two of you. C.S. Lewis says that the foundation of the friendship becomes difficult because, “friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden)....   [tags: Friendship, Love, Interpersonal relationship]

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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, ]

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Relation between Pearl and Nature in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Relation between Pearl and Nature in The Scarlet Letter       In Nathaniel Hawthorne's work, The Scarlet Letter, nature plays a very symbolic role. Throughout the book, nature is incorporated into the story line. One example of this is with the character of Pearl. Pearl is very different than all the other characters due to her special relationship with Nature. Hawthorne personifies Nature as sympathetic towards sins against the puritan way of life. Hester's sin causes Nature to accept Pearl....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter]

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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]

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Saulot and Vampires

- Clan: Saulot (Saul’s Lot) Progenitor: Saul House: Simonovich Sparse throughout the Modern Nights, the Saulot are barely a clan let alone a ruling house. Composed of few vampires, the Saulot are in search of Golconda, enacting a bloody ritual of cannibalism when they achieve that state or despair of ever doing so. Nicknames: Priests, Soul-sucking unicorns Appearance: Come from a varied background of those that come to piety through revelation. Traditionally this is an epiphany from hitting the bottom of an emotional chasm....   [tags: Clan, Evil]

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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]

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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]

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Rome and Juliet: Victims of Fate

- The phenomenon of fate is exemplified on a daily bases in society. Fate can be best described as many acts ironically going in the opposite direction that one expects. From the beginning of the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet the two characters are called, “star cross’d lovers,” fate produces the destiny of their death. Events like Friar Laurence’s well deceived planes gone wrong, the timing of Romeo and Juliet’s suicide and finally the issue of their families feuding in the first place are examples of how wrongly fate spoke to Romeo and Juliet....   [tags: shakespeare, literary essays]

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