Discussion: Kindred Directions for discussion: respond to all the discussions questions below with thoughtful, well written answers (approx. 100 word count each.)
Prologue: What is the symbolism of the loss of Dana’s arm? ie part of her was left elsewhere? Something has been taken from her? Does it represent something fragmented or stolen?
P. 27: “What’s the matter with you?” (middle of the page) to “Or would I?”
Why do you think Octavia Butler chose that time period? She could’ve gone back even further in time and taken Dana to Africa, or she could’ve instead chosen to go into the future…why 1815?
P. 49: “He put the books on the floor…” to “if you’re not careful.”
Is Butler making a point here about the power of fear? Why do you think she chose to have fear be the impetus for time travel?
P.109 “And now he wanted to marry me.” (bottom of the page) to “she would’ve married almost anybody.” Have race relations changed that much since slavery? P. 140
Per P. 95, Sarah considered Miss Hannah to be “a real lady. Quality.”
Why do you think Butler added this detail to the story? Does it drive home the element of the generational and incestuous nature of slavery?
“He was gone when I awoke…” to “See how easily slaves are made?”
How has Butler (brilliantly) illustrated the complex trap that made slavery possible, both mentally & physically?
“He picked up his electric pencil sharpener…” to “Something closed and ugly.”
Why is Kevin bugging out? Does he have PTSD? Is Butler using his behavior to illustrate the lasting mental effect of slavery? ie the ultimate culture shock.