Kindred By An African-American Octavia Estelle Butler

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Kindred: Critical Book Review

Kindred, written by an African-American Octavia Estelle Butler, is a novel with the combination of fantasy and science fiction themes about the slavery of African-Americans. This novel is unique and successful as the first person narrative is being used, making the characters more vivid and actual, and the scenario of the first scene truly makes the readers wonder about the following plot. In addition, the context of the book engirdles Afrofuturism while the history of the African-Americans in this fiction is running through the novel. Each portrait of these black people is characterized exclusively even though they all are under the control of the slavery, evincing their hopes through different actions. Through that way, she has tried to imply that even though the inhumane political system once existed in the past era is revised over time, that kind of racist thought still can be buried in people’s mind, just in a subtle, and maybe instinctive, way. Kindred is the result of the author’s inspiration from her life experiences. The key character, Dana, is a reflection of her as a Black female writer just in different
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Several examples can be noticed with ease. Dana, as a black woman, not only was treated brutally by the white people, but the black people also behaved toward her in an assaultive manner and even betrayed her while she tried to escape. It was just because she spoke in more intellectual expression, wore a pair of pants and being favored by the white people as the result of her formal education. On the other hand, Dana’s white husband, Kevin, was also ruled out by the white people as he didn’t oppose to own the educational slave and he even volunteered to instruct slaves to be smart. The author’s attempt is to point out the magnitude and seriousness of the racial discrimination evolved this much in

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