Analysis of the Kindred Novel Name Institution Professor Course Date Introduction The Kindred is a slave narrative that was written by Octavia Butler an American writer. It is a novel regular chosen as the book for organization community reading programs schools and colleges. The novel examines the dilemmas and dynamics of the antebellum slavery as presented by the American people through an interracial couple that forms an emotional pillar in the story (Butler 6). The novel highlights the issues of power intersession race issues male chauvinism gender and egalitarian ways of leadership. Rufus character development Rufus is Dana ancestor; he is a white and a red headed slave owner. He is a product of culture and time. He is the selfish harsh and cruel person. As the time goes by he becomes more immense and patriarchal slave holding culture. Dana tries to educate Rufus about respecting all people regardless on the antebellum South. The whips stood for slow soul-crushing aftermaths of slavery. They had the capacity for killing unlike the guns which killed slowly. Guns were premeditated instruments of slow killing and torture. In the same method slavery killed the soul little by little. The birthdays; they were symbolizing the cruel slavery of the blacks. In the Weylin plantation the birth of child brought joy but on the other hand created great suffering since they could not escape with them. In the novel antebellum Maryland maps symbolized the freedom possibilities and for that matter was dangerous for them to possess a map. It's for that case that Rufus burned Dana's map. References Butler Octavia. Kindred. Boston: Beacon Press Limited 2004. Emory Francis. REASON OF SUFFERING & KINDRED. New Hampshire: WENTWORTH Press 2016. Hadley Arthur Twining. Baccalaureate Addresses and Other Talks on Kindred Themes. Yale: Yale University Press 2005. [...]
Instructions: Discuss some aspect Kindred. For example, you can examine gender, adaptation, kinship or the role of heritage in identity. You can also look at symbolism in the novel or character development. You can examine the first person perspective and how it influences reader response. The essay should be approximately 10-12 pages long, 12-point font (no bigger), double-spaced. The margins are 2.5 cm or 1 inch on four sides. Do not use justification and use the no paragraph style (second option in Word). It will not automatically skip an extra line when you hit return. For the bibliography, you should have at least 3 secondary sources. The articles or book chapters should be more than 3 pages in length. If you use material from the back of your short story text, you should look up the original work and read the whole chapter if the length of the article is less that 3 pages. Make sure the research is peer-reviewed. If in doubt or if you need advice on finding material, ask me.