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Kindred By Octavia Butler: An Analysis

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Using time travel, Octavia Butler creates a new view of racism in her novel, Kindred, by having Dana experience the life of a slave from an outsider's perspective. Though Dana’s present is far from a race utopia, it has drastically improved the problems of the past. In the past, Dana is surprised to find herself growing used to the injustices which surround her. Overall, traveling gives Dana first-hand experience at how slavery warped slaves’ perception of freedom. After spending time on the plantation Dana says, “I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery” (Butler 101). Prior to life on the plantation, Dana has only heard about slavery. Now, actually living it, she is shocked at how easily she acclimates to the
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