Kindred As A Neo Slave Narrative Analysis

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historical phenomenon that has lasting cultural meaning and enduring social consequences. This describes sufficiently in defining Kindred as a neo slave narrative and clarifies how Octavia uses slavery in her novel with the heroin, Dana, who investigates between her familial slave history in nineteenth century South and her own sight of slavery in twentieth century. Kindred is the first person narration of the life story of a young Afro-American woman writer, Dana, who finds herself travel regularly between past and present in 1976 and a pre-Civil War Maryland plantation. Dana uncovers her family’s history and discovers a dark past. Her history starts with a slave owner’s son called Rufus and her survival means keeping him alive even when he is turning to the slave owner like his father. Like the past has attached on the present, Rufus attaching onto Dana, the sacrifices of the past form the present today. Dana sacrifices with her arm which is an important for a writer as well as slave’s sacrifices with their skin, bones and souls for better future. This novel is an instance of what Ashraf Rushdy calls a neo-slave narrative “contemporary novels that assume the form, adopt the conversation, and take the first-person voice of the antebellum slave narrative,” in more than one occasion to make a several arguments about the ways in which history and personal experiences are documented, interpreted, and regularly misunderstood. Though the narration uses narrative features from
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