Kindred Essay

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Gatune 1 Name: Eva Gatune Professor: Mr. Shade Class: Intro to Lit. Honors Date: Nov 14, 2016 Unlikely Kindred Souls in Kindred : Time Travel is Not as Absurd as Slavery In Octavia Butler’s novel, Kindred (1979), the absurdity of time travel is less absurd than the results of that time travel. What this means is that the main character, Dana, and her husband, Kevin, are both able to become a part of a culture that conflicts with every aspect of their morals. Dana’s time travel, and physical disappearance, is not speculated in the novel to be unbelievable. However, the time that Dana travels to, the early 1800’s in the antebellum South, is unbelievable. Therefore, the author uses the rhetorical strategy of contrasting that which is hard to believe could exist, i.e. time travel, with something that is even more difficult to comprehend, slavery. Butler uses the idea of doppelgangers, in both the characters of Dana and Rufus. The two of them are somehow tied together, through space and time: “Rufus’s fear of death calls me to him, and my own fear of death sends me home” (Butler p.49). Butler also contrasts the way that Kevin and Dana fit in with the culture of the 1800’s with how “soft” and “easy” life in 1976 is for them.
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