Shola And Similarities Between Kindred And Sanfoka

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It is safe to say everyone has their limits. Every person has different boundaries to push, in regards to their patience. It is, also, accurate to say every human being can only tolerate so much before losing control of themselves. In the case of Dana, from the novel Kindred, and Mona, from movie Sanfoka, both were at some time privileged women who later in their lifetime lost all of their basic human rights. After being stripped of their rights, disrespected, dehumanized, and suffered irreversible psychological trauma these two lead characters finally snapped. Both young black women were from the 20th century after the civil rights movement ensued. Naturally, both were ignorant of the kind of hardships their ancestors felt a century before …show more content…
Not only was she forced to deal with her environment and the circumstances, but she was completely stripped of her former identity. Shola did not get whipped as often as the other slaves did. But, she suffered when she saw “her people” being beat, ridiculed, sold, and being utterly disregarded as human beings. Finally, we learn that the head master rapes Shola. Also, the same man that raped Shola, flogged her for trying to escape. All of this psychological distress would wear anyone down. When a human being’s basic human rights are being infringed upon, a person’s violent reaction to the situation can be justified. Shola, after all of the misery she had gone through and felt, finally killed the head master. If she had never time traveled, she would have most likely never killed anyone in her lifespan. However, after having all of your rights taken and after being degraded time after time again anyone would have taken the same actions as Shola did. The murder was not premeditated. Her friend Shongo told her to poison the family, and she refused to do so. Shola finally retaliated when the head master began to senselessly aggravate her and tried to rape her again. This was the end of her forbearance. In Kindred, Dana was a 1970s American woman, writer, and had a white husband. Dana was living what seemed to be a normal life. However, when she traveled back in time to the 1800s she realized everything she was and stood …show more content…
Dana, being the one that saved Rufus throughout the course of his life, tolerated his constant manipulation to get her to bend to his will. Dana had to play messenger between Alice and Rufus. It was a favor she did against her will, especially when she told Alice about Rufus wanting a physical relationship. Dana truly knew what a monster he was when he sabotaged her attempts at letting her husband know she was back from the future. After seeing slaves sold off and feeling the overseer’s wrath, both being because of Rufus, her resentment towards him only grew. The final happening that sent Dana over the edge was when Rufus tried to rape her. After she had put her life on the line for him, nursed him back to health, and accepted him for who he was; the final occurrence was an ultimate betrayal towards her. Dana did not want to kill Rufus, but had no choice but to stab Rufus. After she did realize what she had done, she got so sick she vomited. After experiencing emotional, physical, and psychological agony she murdered the man who was her sole reason for undergoing all of these life altering

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