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.
Humans are naturally a hierarchical species. In Dawn, Lilith is adversely treated as non elected leader of the earthbound humans, so much so that she is not permitted to return to earth with the rest of the humans. When she does eventually arrive to earth, she arrives with the oankali and the division of humans that have mixed with the Oankali. So, Lilith 's literal alienness, and consequently the humans adverseness to her, represents the unfavorable sentiment towards minorities in even current society, and in Lilith 's case, especially those in leadership positions.
In Perils of the Night: A Feminist Study, Eugenia DeLamotte contends that “[g]othic terror has its primary source in an anxiety about boundaries,” particularly “the boundaries of the self” (12-13). Nineteenth-century gothic writers become obsessed by the uncanny fear of boundaries crossing that arises anxieties of “what distinguishes “me” from “the not-me”” (23). Nineteenth-century fin-de-siècle Female Gothic features the construction of pure national identity with reference to the relationship between the metropolitan center and the colonial periphery. Female monsters can also be a projection of the Victorian fear of the cultural Other that imperils the purity of the British blood through miscegenation. Judith Halberstam further examines the
When one is seeking a new voyage to self-discovery such as love, death, war, or even an exciting moment in your life, it’s a struggle to find yourself when all of these occupancies’ are happening. In James Joyce “Eveline” and Tim O’Brien “The Things They Carried”, the characters overwhelming circumstances of events have a topic similar to each other’s story, love. With comparing any two stories, there is differences in a few topics as well. James Joyce story “Eveline” is regarding about a young girl name Eveline.
Greek mythology has a huge impact in our arts, literature, and poetry today. The different types of stories in Greek mythology have morals or lessons. For example, in the Odyssey, there is a story called, “The Sirens”. In this story, there is a man named Odysseus, and he and his crew are in the ocean on their ship, and the men are preparing, while Odysseus is putting his focus on the Sirens coming. The Sirens come and express their feelings how they want to be free from their bird suits, and that they need complete freedom.
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.
Being the keeper of a secret is an important job for humans. Secrets, while they can be destructive, are also a blessing. Someone who is trusted with a secret suddenly feels a sense of responsibility and importance. In the “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett, the little girl named Sylvia discovers a beautiful white heron in the woods. The story, which is told from a third person omniscient point of view, provides an intimate reading experience that puts the reader into the story with Sylvia.
Since the beginning of the human race, people have shown several ways to be cruel to different groups of people. Over time, humans have proved their heinous capabilities, yet there are some people that manage to survive through the mistreatment inflicted upon them by other groups. There are also some people who did not survive the mistreatment that they faced, but still still inspire us with their stories. One of the most well-known examples of such a large amount of inspiration comes from Anne Frank, in Anne Frank: The Diary of a young girl.
Kindred In the novel Kindred, the author uses the source of time travel to travel back to the nineteenth century in the United States, to experience the lifestyle of enslaved African Americans by the Whites. Traveling back in time, the author uses Dana to revert to slavery, experiencing abuse and having to adapt quickly to the environment. Readers can experience both mental and psychical experiences the antebellum slaves experienced during this time, though treatment varied from master to master, the diurnal living of a slave was still difficult. Throughout the novel, differences of the modern and past time are illustrated to see how the society has changed with time and how it responds to the decision and the way of life of others.