In truth, power and authority have always tilted in man’s favor over women. Currently, even in America, most political figures are men. Even though women have the same rights, it may still be a patriarchal country. In both Kindred by Octavia Butler and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, these political issues take place simultaneously….
Throughout the novel Kindred, there are many instances of male dominance. Some of these occurrences of male dominance are rape. Although much time has passed since the days of slavery, there are still instances where rape goes unreported. In the past year, many victims of sexual assault have been coming forward, telling their stories through…
Have you wondered why Octavia Butler wrote a book about the history of slavery throughout the United States? The attachment of domination is as often as a possible idea as remains in our past. As Americans, this is a piece of our history that we review with disfavor and sicken yet also with detachment and…
In Octavia Butler’s Kindred, Dana’s time-traveling ability complicates the reader’s ability to empathize with trauma. Due to the uncontrolled time traveling that places Dana’s body in scenarios that degrade her body. During the 1800’s, Dana’s body was being treated as an object rather than in the 1900’s where it was treated as a human. In…
neo-slave narrative using science fiction framework
Kindred is a novel by American writer Octavia E. Butler that incorporates time travel and is modeled on slave narratives. First published in 1979, it is still widely popular.
Novel by Octavia E. Butler
Pages: 264 pp
Awards: 2003 Rochester, New York’s book of the year