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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 E. Butler’s Novel, Fledgling: Societal Fear of Shori

- “How could it feel so good when it should be disgusting and painful?” (Butler 75) These words spoken by Theodora, an elderly white woman, about her symbiotic and sometimes sexual relationship with Shori, a black “elfin little girl” (Butler 75), express the societal fear that Octavia Butler exposes in her characterization of Shori as a monster. Shori is a monster because her very existence is a testament to the blurring of historically concrete lines. She is androgynous, vampire and human, black and white, a child with adult strength and urges....   [tags: Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler]

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The Contrast of Character Between Cleopatra and Octavia

- Abstract Between the characters of Octavia and Cleopatra there exists a "moral contrast" (Bree 110) -a conflict of Roman ideals and Cleopatra's foreignness. Throughout the tradition of Cleopatra, authors, including Plutarch, Shakespeare, Dryden, and Fielding, as well as filmmakers such as Mankiewicz, have separated Cleopatra from Rome and Octavia because of her combination of political power and sexuality: "The notion of Cleopatra that we have inherited identifies her primarily as being the adversary, the Other....   [tags: Compare Cleopatra Octavia 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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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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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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The Parable Of The Talents By Octavia Butler

- Among modern social issues, religion is one of the most prevalent. The mixture of religions in America is innumerable, with multiple religions present such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, etc. Currently, Christianity is the most popular, holy figures such as the saints, Jesus Christ, and their God. This religion was one of the traditional American religions and in the modern day have over one billion supporters, a significant portion coming from America. However, while Christianity may be the dominant religion there are still many other religions in modern day society....   [tags: Islam, Religion, Christianity, Faith]

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The Parable Of The Sower By Octavia Butler

- During the middle 1990’s the African-American female writer, Octavia Butler, published a series of dystopian novels, which served as social commentary on modern problems including the environment, the wealth gap, poverty, unemployment, scarcity of resources and political inefficiency. In “The Parable of the Sower”, Butler deftly utilizes the protagonist to question the efficacy of religion and the importance of philosophy in the face of the impending destruction of civilization. The protagonist, Lauren Olamina, invents a new religion in order to create a new future for humans on another planet....   [tags: Religion, Human, Meaning of life, Life]

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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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