KINDRED REACTION ESSAY - Trevor Salas Black Studies 5...

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Trevor Salas Black Studies 5 Nicholas Centino Octavia Butler’s Kindred is a story of hardship, protection, and societal molding among many other things. When Dana, a young black woman living in 1976 Los Angeles gets suddenly transported to slave-driven 1800s Maryland, her life and that of her husband get turned upside down. Dana soon figures out why she is summoned to this terrible place and immediately sets into action to get her normal life back. Octavia Butler takes us on an epic journey through the racist south in what I see as a fantastically written science-fiction novel. One of the most powerful themes presented by Butler is the idea that the environment in which someone lives can completely shape who they are. I especially enjoyed watching this theme play out because I have always been a firm believer in the idea that anyone can be whom he or she wants to be and that a person’s outlook is purely theirs, if not slightly swayed by those closest to them. Butler effectively changed my view on this concept, which I find ironic because in doing so she proved to me that something as simple as a book can shape someone’s views, not to mention a whole society. I think Butler was so effective in proving this point mostly because she did so over the whole novel, and with many characters. Rather than explicitly telling us that
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ECON 118 taught by Professor Loster during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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KINDRED REACTION ESSAY - Trevor Salas Black Studies 5...

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