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.
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
...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)