In portraying the experiences of a woman who must readjust to life during the slavery era, Butler dramatizes important themes: While Dana and Kevin are unpacking cartons in their new home in Los Angeles, she is overcome by nausea and dizziness.
She and Kevin Franklin, her white husband, move into their new apartment in Southern California.
Dana does the majority of the unpacking and settling in; Kevin focuses on his office and then stops helping.
Dana gets dizzy, and her surroundings fade away. When she comes to, she finds herself in the early s in Maryland. A young white boy named Rufus is struggling in a river.
Dana wades in after him, but he is unconscious by the time she reaches him. She drags him to the shore and resuscitates him. Following another dizzy spell, she reappears in her apartment in Several minutes later, Dana again gets dizzy and disappears. This time, she is whisked back to Rufus, now a few years older, watches in horror as his bedroom drapes burn.
He had set fire to them because he was angry with his father for selling a horse he wanted. Dana puts out the fire, talks to Rufus, and escapes from the house before Weylin finds out she is there. She runs to the home of Alice Greenwood and her mother, free blacks who Dana suspects may be her ancestors.
Dana steps outside, and a returning white man finds her, beats her, and attempts to rape her. Dana fears for her life. Following another dizzy spell, she returns home to her own time. The next time Dana time travels, Kevin comes with her by holding onto her.
Nigel, a young black boy, runs for help, and Weylin comes with his slave, Luke. Rufus will not let Dana leave, so everyone returns to the house together. Kevin and Dana stay on the plantation for several weeks and help educate Rufus.
But when Dana gets caught teaching Nigel to read, Weylin whips her. Dana returns tobut Kevin does not arrive in time to go with her.
After eight days at home, Dana time travels back and finds that Kevin has left the Maryland area and that Rufus has raped Alice Greenwood.
She stays in Maryland for two months. Although Rufus lies about how he got injured, Alice and Isaac are caught, and Alice is beaten and ravaged by dogs. As punishment for helping Isaac escape, Alice is made a slave.
Rufus, who is in love with Alice, buys her. He forces Dana to convince Alice to sleep with him after her body has recovered. After Rufus fails to mail her letters to Kevin, Dana attempts to run away. As a result, she receives a vicious whipping, which so hurts and frightens her that she loses the will to run away again.
Kevin shows up, as Weylin had written to him, and the couple attempts to escape. Rufus catches them on the road and shoots at them, but they manage to time travel together back to the s. After a few days, Dana time travels by herself back to Maryland and finds Rufus very drunk and lying facedown in a puddle.
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Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Kindred Spirits is a fantasy novel set in the Dragonlance fictional universe. It was written by Mark Anthony and Ellen Porath, based on characters and settings from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles series.
Published in , Publisher: TSR, Inc. As the book unfolds, Dana realizes that she'll need to help Rufus have sex with one of his slaves (named Alice) if Dana ever plans on being born.
So she goes through . All Book Search results » About the author () Octavia E. Butler () was the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower.4/5(). Jul 17, · Published in January , “Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation” debuted at No.1 on the New York Time’s Best Sellers list for hardcover graphic books and has received wide acclaim, garnering a Bram Stoker Award among other honors.
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