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Kindred by Octavia Butler

1) Do you think it's better for minority groups to stay together to empower themselves, or for minorities to continue trying to be a part of the dominant culture?

2) Did anyone think Rufus would survive this novel? Was there a realistic
way to end the novel with Rufus living?

3) Would the relationship between Rufus and Dana in â??Kindredâ?? would be considered impossible between a black woman and a white man in the antebellum South?

4) Of her concluding visit to the past, Dana says: "With some kind of reverse
symbolism, Rufus called me back on July 4" (243). What exactly do you think Dana sees as "reverse symbolism," ? Why did Butler embellish the narrative in this way? Is it a compelling idea or not?

5) Whose method do you think was more effective in fighting for equality, Martin Luther King's or Malcolm X's?

6)Do you think that from a child Rufus was aware of his power and even understood what purpose Dana served in his life? At the time of his demise, do you believe that Rufus actually knew what was going to happen to him and that it would be at the hands of Dana?

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1) While I personally think it's important for minority groups to stay together to demonstrate cultural pride, heritage, and empowerment, I still strongly argue that they can also serve both purposes simultaneously as a vital part of the dominant culture, while also maintaining their unique cultural heritage, too. My husband, for example, is an American, a Hispanic American, but his dual identity does not prevent him from being an active member of the U.S. military, part of a vital dominant cultural facet but still celebrates his ethnic heritage by speaking Spanish among his family and keeping his Latino traditions. Does that make sense to you?
2) Although Dana might have ...

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Kindred by Octavia Butler is briefly examined in terms of plot, characters, theme, setting, etc.

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