In Octavia Butler’s novel, Kindred, Rufus Weylin is one of the main characters who undergoes a lot of change throughout the novel, making him a round character. A round character is defined as a “major character in a story who encounters contradictory situations and undergoes transformation during this phase. Therefore, the characters does not remain the same throughout the narrative, making their traits difficult to identify from beginning until the end (LiteraryDevice).” The reader, along with Dana, follows Rufus’s growth throughout some major points in his life, from a young boy who forms a bond and friendship with Dana, to when he grows up to be a racist man who ultimately attempts to rape her. However, it is evident that Rufus’s ideology …show more content…
To such an extent that he boy seems to be using dangerous methods of retaliation. For example, in addition to Dana rescuing him from the fire he set to the draperies in his house in retaliation against his father, he also describes previously having set the stable on fire because his father sold a horse he liked (25). Based on his irrational impulses taken when things don’t go his way, it is evident that Rufus is growing up with an entitled and vindictive attitude. Dana is alarmed by Rufus’s actions and logic and analyzes, “The boy already knew more about revenge than I did. What kind of man was he going to grow up into? (25-26)” It’s clear that Rufus’s parents’ two opposite approaches to raising him are conflicting and damaging, resulting in Rufus getting the wrong message as to how he is allowed to behave. While Rufus’s mother gives him all he wants regardless of his poor behavior, his father on the other hand neglects him and resorts to violence to discipline him. The use of violence and sense of entitlement build up in him and worsen as he ages. Dana makes the observation that “Tom Weylin had probably marked his son more than he knew with that whip (39).” Dana is aware that Tom Weylin punishes his son, similarly to slaves, by whipping. It goes over Tom Weylin’s head that in the long run, he is causing his son long-term emotional damage. Despite his young age, ultimately, Rufus is destined to be a product of his violent environment and grow up to be like his
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An eye for an eye may seem like a good idea, but the opposite is true. Revenge seemed like a good idea to Matt, but it made him feel empty and still devastated over the murder of his son. The story, “Killings”, by Andre Dubus made me rethink my opinion on parent-child relationships and revenge. The story reinforced my idea that revenge never makes people feel better, but I can still understand Matt’s internal struggle following his son’s murder.
When you read this book didn't you realize how much Cole had changed well so did I. In the beginning of the book Cole beat up Peter Driscol, and he didn't even regret it. For example “He didn’t regret hurting Peter. He would get revenge, especially against those who had wanted him in jail.” Page 45.
Tom Weylin also understood Dana’s role in aiding his troublesome and at times hapless son periodically throughout his life (Butler 131). Rufus also recognizes Dana’s value and accepts her intervening on his behalf and assisting him when in dire need assistance (Butler 118). Both Tom and Rufus are motivated by fulfilling their needs by taking advantage of the black women on the
Cullen appeals to the audience’s sympathy to allow them to emphasize with the victims’ families who found “comfort” in the crosses erected at Rebel Hill (Cullen 195). Cullen evokes fear by vividly describing the horrifying recordings found in both boys’ journals such as a declaration that “all [he] want[s] to do is kill and injure as many of you pricks as [he] can!” (Cullen 216). The audience’s parental impulses are evoked when Cullen argues how reasonable
Dubus’ mother and father had split when Dubus was young and his mother was rarely home to supervise the kids. The Dubus children and especially Andre’s brother Jeb were easy targets for bullies, because of their lack of resources and timid nature. As a teenager Jeb made the mistake of speaking unkindly about a neighborhood bully’s sister and that bully beat Jeb up. Andre witnessed the fight involving Jeb, and Andre had done nothing. As Andre looks at himself in the mirror after the fight he reflects on his inaction and inability to stop the fight, “this kid [Andre] had no balls” (78).
Dana Franklin, the narrator of Kindred, consistently and involuntarily travels back in time from the 1970s to the early 1800s whenever Rufus fears for his life. Because the 1800s mark a period of time in which slavery was very prominent, Dana is treated as and plays the role of the average slave woman whenever she is forced back to Rufus’ time. During “The Storm,” Dana finds Rufus laying face down in a puddle of rain. She is instructed to look after Rufus and treat his illness. Because of her relatively advanced knowledge of medicine, when compared to the knowledge of medical professionals during the 19th century, she has the ability to treat Rufus in a more appropriate and effective manner.
(25). Dana genuinely believed that Rufus did not know how emotionally harmful he and his family could be. This proves Rufus’ innocence as a boy surrounded by slaves and his ignorance towards how people in the South really are. Innocence is natural, racism is
By doing this, he is putting the children through a great deal of trauma which is emotional or physically harmful to the kids’ well being. He is exerting power and control over his children using intimidation and abuse. All these examples given show how Rex is impacting the children negatively, yet he has the audacity to deny that by asking his children, “Have I ever let you down?” (Walls). The Walls’ children are overcome many struggles including their father, Rex, who wastes their money, slashes their hopes, and abuses their
There’s not a time he doesn’t get into trouble - from purposely burning down his grandmother’s house by playing with matches… to telling his grandma to “kiss his…” because she needed his assistance in bathing. He somehow manages to grow into a handsome mature man, leaving his childish friends behind, picking up books
(15) Wes helplessly watched as his father suffer. The “other” Wes’s father is alive and well but chose not to be in his son 's life. Wes’s parents tried to make a positive environment for their son, while the “other” wes’s parents left him to fend for himself in the environment that he was born into. Both of the wes’s parents had expectations for them at which they both exceeded, the only difference was that they were two totally different
Within Ray Bradbury’s short story, “The Veldt”, the difficult character, Peter Hadley is disrespectful, intelligent and ruthless. Peter is disrespectful because he shows no courtesy or manners towards his parents and anything they say. Peter exhibits his disrespect during his argument with his father. Peter would always, “look at his shoes. He never looked at his father anymore”(Bradbury 6).
Adam is raised with his young half-brother, Charles, his step-mother, Alice, and his pragmatic father, Cyprus. Cyprus is a military obsessed man who wants to imbue his children with the discipline and honor of the army. He craves order, discipline, and competition, which often leads to tensions between his two sons. Adam is kind and emotion, while Charles thrives under his father’s strict rules and games. The younger brother is dominant and thrives in all aspects of home
In his mind he believes that if he works he should have a reward, either will grant his masculinity, a toy for him to play with, or even both. Another event that showcases his inner child is When he is confronted by a group of people about the death of the mule. He couldve admitted to the crime however he chooses to lie about it until the people figured out it was a bullet hole, as well about the location of the weapon when his father asked. He also began to start crying in anger and frustation when he left home while the crowd was laughing him. Ultimatly running away from home because he didnt wanna pay his fine for the mule.
and he felt he could not live without Alice by his side. From this it makes Rufus come off as a deplorable person, but he was only portraying the way people acted around him. It really comes down to was Rufus really that bad of a person, or would he have been very different person with better morals, if he grew up in a time period with an environment that would not shape him in such a twisted manner? In the beginning of Kindred, Rufus is seen as a fool hearted young boy, but as the novel progress we see Rufus turn into a cold heated man shaped by the environment he grew up