Kindred was hands down my favorite reading of the entire course. It was different and grabbed my attention from the very first chapter. Although we have been reading more biographies and documentaries in the past months, this story was still very real to me. I enjoyed the way Butler used her word choices to describe the things that went on during the adventure. Despite the novel being science fiction, I still felt the pain of the beatings, saw the hideaway cabin where Alice and her mother stayed, tasted the corn mush they ate for dinner and experienced the anxiety of every other situation and feeling that Dana went through in between.
In the very beginning, I was unaware that Kevin was a white man. This for some reason disappointed me. While reading, it didn’t hit me as to why his character was not of African American decent. Eventually, I understood his significance to the story. I realized that him being a white man actually helped Dana’s character once he traveled along with her.
If I were to recreate the book, many questions and thoughts would arise. What if Kevin were black and Dana were white? How would the Weylin family then treat Dana? How would they treat Kevin? Would Dana maybe have been treated better? Would she even be able to return home seeing that she wouldn’t have any fear seeing that she was white?
I think that this book taught me that you cannot change a person. Rufus started out as a troubled child and ended up as a troubled kid. I believe it is a Nature vs. Nurture aspect or view. He grew up with his family owning blacks– keeping them in fields and treating them according to how they felt that day or small mishaps they may have encountered. Dana continued to try and keep him out of trouble, but in the end she needed to realize that he was who he was going to be.
I also thought the book taught me about race. From the beginning, it gave the background views of how Danas’ uncle and Kevins’ family were going to “disown” or not “bless” the two if they decided to be together. This view triggered into the actual past time of the book. It showed how whites viewed blacks and the things blacks had to go through. The race subject also helped me understand why we read “Why We Can’t Wait.” It gives a deeper meaning of WHY Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arranged the sit ins and all of the silent movements that helped gain equality.
I appreciate the book because it takes me back in time and lets me experience real life slave situations from the past in the form of an adventure trip. It was an easy read for me, personally because I was forced to WANT to know what happens next. With the other reads, I felt as though I knew what was coming or already had an idea of the end result. All in all, I think it was a fantastic way to end the course in a more relieving way yet still focusing on the topic at hand.