Literature Analysis: Kindred Novel

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Octavia Estelle Butler is a renowned science fiction writer whose acumen and professional life has set her aside and apart from the rest of the pack. She was an African-American who grew up during the difficult times of slavery and experienced the hardships that the generation of her parents experienced. Intuitively, she found it fit and proper to write a novel to detail the life journey of the parents. In her work Kindred Novel, Octavia Estelle Butler explores and explains the painful and difficult journey that the Blacks and people of color by extension had to endure to survive in the period of slavery (Trehan and Naeemul 7). In all aspects and fairness, it was particularly harsh and difficult for her the Black characters to work under inhumane conditions and situations.

In most instances, the Blacks have to go the extra mile to ensure that their white masters are well-off and are happy. The white imperialists on their part exploit the Blacks and regularly beat them up at any hint or slightest provocation. This is seen from the manner in which the father of the white boy Rufus treats Dana (Trehan and Naeemul 11). It is improper and unethical or immoral that a person would show kindness and assist another while they are keen on meting out violence and rage. For instance, Dana, the black woman, was just but helpful and kind to Rufus.

However, Weylin, Rufus Father points a gun at her and goes to the extent of beating Dana up. There is no logical explanation or reason as to why Weylin would be so mean to Dana other than the race phenomenon. It is safe to mention that the racism as an issue led to the segregation of the United States society where the Europeans occupied the upper echelon of life spectrum while the Blacks served as slaves who had no right (Bedore 4).

Dana as Black woman endures hardships coupled with threats of sexual violence, intimidation, and hard labor. In all considerations, she deserted her peace and submitted to inferiority complex because each time Rufus was in trouble, she went the extra mile to assist him. As such, the life of Dana was coupled with sacrifices where she had to nurse the ego and health of Rufus whenever he was in trouble. In the end, she was subjected to enslavement and hard labor thus removing or eliminating any prospects of enjoying her personal freedom (Bedore 2). In the same line of thought and argument, Sarah as a person of color experienced similar episodes of hardships.

As a slave, she endured the burden or indignation such that she lost her freedom and power of choice. Thus, both Sarah and Dana sacrificed their personal dignity and sense of self-worth to the paradigm shift or presence of slavery. Alice on her part suffered sexual violence when Rufus raped her. In all aspects and fairness, there is no crime humiliating and emotionally scarring as sexual violence. The fact that a white man raped her meant that she did not have a mechanism to seek recourse or appeal the matter. As such, Alice sacrificed her self-worth, dignity, and sexuality in the period of enslavement and the hands of the white male chauvinist Rufus (Trehan and Naeemul 18).

In my humble view, Dana stands out as heroic because her consistent actions have shown that she was considerate and kind to others. It did not matter that Weylin mistreated her and threatened her with a gun. Instead, anytime she saw that Rufus was in trouble or some form of difficulty, she showed an unwavering support and determination to ensure that she assisted him (Bedore 5). Also, she extended the same reverence and support to the Black people who experienced any problem and difficulty.

The legacy of African-Americans with regards to slavery has been painful and difficult for the affected persons. In all aspects and fairness, the whites had the power to acquire or buy other human beings and use them as they wished. For instance, a slave did not have any rights in the country. Thus, the whites had the complete autonomy of mistreating and mishandling the slaves. At times, they raped and physically abused the slaves without answering to any authority or party. Introspectively, the aspects and manner of slavery have been specific to ensure that the Blacks remained poor while the whites accumulated wealth and power at the expense of the Blacks who never earned wages or returns commensurate to their input and efforts (Trehan and Naeemul 31).

In the modern society, slavery has changed, and all people earn wages and income commensurate to their marginal productivity and input. It implies that all people regardless of the color are treated equally in the workplaces and can seek legal redress in case they are afflicted. However, incidences of Blacks being killed by police officers have risen implying that the past racial segregation and separationist mentality is still prevalent. This logic emanates from the fact that the high number of Blacks who have been killed or murdered by white police officers could be an extension of the past racial mistreatment.


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