Writers utilize their literary abilities as a tool to create a piece of work that transmits a meaningful message that will create an impact on their audience. This is the case of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, a historical science-fiction novel evolving around a twenty six year old woman named Dana who lives in Los Angeles during 1976. What makes the story unique is the fact that the plot alternates between the past and the present as Dana travels through time from the commodity of her house in 1976 Los Angeles to Maryland during the antebellum period. The catalyst for these trips to the past is the near death experiences of the son of rich southern planter, a boy named Rufus Weylein, who is one of Dana’s ancestors. Every single time Rufus is put in a situation where he fears for his life, Dana is summoned to the past in order to save Rufus’ life in order for her
Dana and Rufus’s Relationship Ever wonder what it's like to have a changing relationship with a plantation owner's son back in the 1800’s? Dana Franklin is a younger African-American woman married to Kevin Franklin who is a middle-aged man. Dana travels from California in 1976 back to the early 1800’s whenever Rufus is in trouble. Rufus is a plantation owner son and is also the father of Dana’s ancestor. Dana’s travels are random; she gets lightheaded and dizzy when she is about to travel.
In Of Mice and Men these innocent characters suffer in the novel by John Steinbeck. Does the innocent characters really suffer in the novel, like Lennie, Curley, and Candy about their real life. Innocent characters have great impact after what they have suffered between their life in the novel Of Mice and Men. Does Lennie suffer for being nice to George cause they walk everywhere together. So George tells Lennie what to do Lennie can’t quite understand to what other people are saying to him.
In Central America, some parents leave their children, and set out a journey to the United States in hopes of making a better life for them. Throughout the years, the children who are left behind eventually go on a journey to be reunited with their family. On the journey, the children acquire many character traits and skills that ultimately make them grow as a person. In the book by Sonia Nazario titled Enrique’s Journey, author Nazario writes about Enrique, a young Honduran boy, who goes on a long and strenuous trip to find his mother. In the article “Desperate Voyagers,” by Ioan Grillo, it talks on the subject of children fleeing their country due to gang violence.
What does Mitt Romney, Demi Lovato, Jessica Alba, and Selena Gomez, have in common, can you guess what it is? They are all Mexicans who I would say have succeeded in life and made that “American Dream” come true, something I would love to say one day down the road. Growing up, my parents only gave me one lesson, “Finish school so you don’t need to work as hard as we did.” My parents came to the United States of America weeks after getting married in Mexico around 1991. Coming with nothing, leaving everything and everyone they love behind, and no one to help them, all while my mother was pregnant.
As children they will always want to be part with family, and they are accepting that their parents have the right to make choices for them to achieve their gold. In a chapter from “Aria: Memoir of Bilingual childhood,” by Richard Rodriguez, who is an internationally known scholar, the author discusses his worlds that he has to face as a student who is raise up in a Mexican immigrant family and going to America school. Rodriguez explains his life experiences being education person and ones he had at home and culture. The more successful Rodriguez became as a student, the less connected he was to his cultural heritage and family. Over all, in Rodrigues life story was connected with some of my life experience, struggle with the language and adopt
The central character in the novel Kindred by Octavia Butler is Dana, an African American woman who lives in Los Angeles, California. Throughout the novel, Dana travels through time multiple times to pre-Civil War Maryland. Readers first witness Dana being transported when she is assisting a young boy in a river bank in Los Angeles. In the instance Dana is met with the re-memory of her ancestors. As she is transported back to the South, she arrives every time to save the life of a younger white boy who is named Rufus Weylin.
Mindful communication is one of the most vital parts of a relationship. Without thoughtful conversation and sharing one’s emotions, a relationship is destined for failure and discontent. While it is not uncommon for a relationship to end as a result of this specific dissatisfaction, it is an everyday problem that is typically ignored. Miscommunication is a part of life but unfortunately even small misunderstandings can be cause for disaster. In Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot by Robert Olen Butler, this theme is conveyed perfectly through the eyes of an interesting and oddly relatable human-turned-bird.
The story ‘A Pair of Tickets’ shows another kind of irony, which is the complications related to a ‘dual identity’. Amy Tan wrote this story based on some incidents of her real life. The problem of dual identity is very common in the people living away from their home countries. According to Sólyom, this can come in various ways. Sometimes, living in a different country, which is not their homeland and being detached from one’s own culture and people for a very long time make people estranged to their original roots.
A little town in the middle of nowhere is often seen as just a small backward little place. It does depend, however, on what such a place offers to those living there. For those who grow up in such a small place the treasures are endless. This is the place where you learn most of life’s lessons, if not all of them. Having grown up in a town that was really a compact city, made the greatest impression on my life.
Loss of innocence and ambiguity are found in the stories The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, Prey by Richard Matheson, and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. Ambiguity and loss of innocence are present in all these stories. By setting a tone of ambiguity, the reader is left to make their own conclusions throughout the stories. This allows the reader’s own imagination to add depth to each of the stories.
“People are much deeper than stereotypes. That is the first place our minds go. Then you get to know them and you hear their stories, and you say, 'I'd have never guessed.'” A quote by Carson Kressley which perfectly explains the relationship between our two main characters Dana and Rufus in Octavia Butler’s Kindred. In Octavia Butler’s Kindred people’s relationships are more complicated than stereotypes suggest them to be.