This is an essay on Kindred by Octavia Butler. “Felt almost as though I really was doing something shameful, happily playing whore for my supposed owner. I went away feeling uncomfortable, vaguely ashamed” (Butler).
In addition even though Dana and Kevin have a very strong emotional and sexual relationship in the present however, their relationship also transforms when Kevin accompanies Dana to her the Weylin plantation, in the past their marriage is not valid and they have to live as master and slave rather than husband and wife. And that relationship makes her feel very ashamed: “I felt almost as though I really was doing something shameful, happily playing whore for my supposed owner. I went away feeling uncomfortable, vaguely ashamed” (Butler 97). And even though Kevin is not a supporter of slavery, but being a white man he is drawn in without his will. When a slave-owner asks him: “Does Dana belong to you now?” (Butler 60) His reply confirms with the tradition of human ownership: “In a way. . . . She’s my wife” (Butler 60). And playing the role of master and slave to Dana becomes a reality. However when Dana suddenly comes back to the present she is has to leave Kevin behind, and even though she does return back to the past but they are separated because Kevin is not at the plantation, consequently Kevin has to stay in the past for five years, while for Dana it is only eight days.
All the trips as they occur change the both their perception in three ways, first how they think about themselves, secondly how their relationship changes and lastly, how they learn to deal with their racial histories. For Dana her knowledge and confidence of her liberated 20th century appears useless to her as it did not according to her “had helped me to escape” (Butler 177).
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