Kindred

Alice’s Mother Character Analysis

Alice’s mother is a free black woman, legally making Alice free as well. Alice’s mother teaches Alice to be strong, but is unable to protect her daughter from the harsh reality of life for all black people in the slave-holding American South. Alice’s mother also agrees to help Dana as long as it does not further endanger herself and Alice, but her true priority is only her own family.
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Alice’s Mother Character Timeline in Kindred

The timeline below shows where the character Alice’s Mother appears in Kindred. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Fire
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...new information makes. Rufus interrupts her thoughts, commenting that Dana would look a little like Alice’s mother if Dana wore proper clothing instead of men’s pants. (full context)
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...as mean as Rufus’ father, so Rufus suggests that she go stay with Alice and Alice’s mother – surprising Dana with a kind-hearted wish to see Dana again before she leaves. Rufus... (full context)
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...dead. Alice runs to get water at Dana’s request, then Dana washes the blood from Alice’s mother ’s face. Dana notices how similar she and the woman look, though the woman is... (full context)
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Gradually, Alice’s mother wakes up and calls for Alice. The woman panics as she realizes that Dana, a... (full context)
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...the best way to go North, though conditions there are still restricted for black people. Alice’s mother asks who sent Dana here, and Dana tells her that Rufus gave her directions. Alice... (full context)
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Alice’s mother asks Dana where she is from, noticing that Dana speaks with a strange accent. Dana... (full context)
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Dana, Alice’s mother , and Alice begin to head to bed when Alice’s mother realizes she has left... (full context)
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Dana runs back to the cabin, only to find Alice’s mother blocking the door. The young white man catches up to Dana and drags her down.... (full context)
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...her family. Angry, Dana reminds Kevin about her injuries and the resemblance between her and Alice’s mother . (full context)