Kindred

by

Octavia E. Butler

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Dana’s Lost Left Arm

Dana’s lost hand both opens and closes the novel, bookending Kindred with a reminder that Dana’s intense experience in the past may be over, but it is not something that she can move on…

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The Whip

The whip represents the physical abuse of slavery and the psychological terror that enslaved people experienced from living in such horrible conditions. While many characters in the novel use weapons and inflict physical harm on…

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