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Kindred, a novel by Octavia Butler,

1) Dana hopes to have enough of an influence on Rufus that, should she
return by herself someday, he will be sympathetic and willing to give
him help. Is it likely that the influence of Dana and Kevin will be
enough to win out over the influence of his parents and the society he
is growing up in?

2) Is there any foreshadowing to indicate how Rufus and April will get together?

3) The story begins with a statement of loss. Is this a theme in the novel so far?

4) How is the theme of loss developed in the novel?

5) Is there any indication as to how the theme of loss might develop in the coming chapters?

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1). Although I found myself hoping optimistically that Dana and Kevin could maybe influence Rufus, save him and the human race from the perils of racism, slavery, and hate, I deem it rather unlikely that the influence of Dana and Kevin would be enough to win over the influence of his parents and the society in which he grew up. It seems highly obvious that both Kevin and Dana know overwhelming that changing history is impossible as they assert on page 100, "We're in the middle of history. We surely can't change it."

If you dig deeper into page 264, the quote, "It's over . . . There's nothing you can do to change any of it now," also seems to support this ...

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Kindred, a novel by Octavia Butler, is explicated in terms of notes.

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