Kindred by Octavia Butler


I will argue that the story by Octavia Butler is full of controversies from the beginning to the end. There is the issue of race conflicts that almost prohibited Dana and Kevin from marrying. In my opinion, their families were wrong in their attempts to oppose their bond. As senior members of society, they could not have used the issue of race to create divisions in the community. This is because it could set a bad precedent to the future generations (Octavia 22). Besides, there is a lack of respect for women and a breach of law in society. This is demonstrated in the novel where Rufus attempts to rape Dana. The latter responded by stabbing Rufus to death. This shows that there is a loss of morals in society. In my observation, people no longer care about the welfare of other individuals. Therefore, I will encourage individuals to intermarry as a way of reducing racism that adversely affects many individuals in the community. The main focus of this paper is that racism and slavery continue to exist in the community despite the efforts made to decrease the problem.


This story is educative to the audience since it exposes the ills that exist in the society like rape and race. This can assist people in coming up with solutions that can help in solving some of these issues. Secondly, parents should not interfere with the affairs of their children as long as they have attained the age of majority. (Octavia 22) The topic of communication gender and identity is essential as it helps people to understand the roles of males and females in society.


The book is enjoyable since it leaves the audience in suspense. The writer does not explain what happened after the death of Rufus. Also, people are left in uncertainty regarding the type of legal action that was taken against Dana for killing Rufus. It is because her actions were against the law. As a result, she was supposed to be punished for taking away another person’s life.

Moreover, this was the climax of the story that leaves the readers imagining what might have happened later. The tale could be more appealing if it had a logical conclusion. Additionally, the book is a reflection of some of the social challenges that affect individuals. For instance, the cases of murder and rape are still rampant across the globe. Therefore, people should try to find solutions to these problems.

Works Cited

Butler, Octavia E. Kindred. , 2014. Print.

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Gale, Cengage L. Study Guide for Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, n.d.. Print.

Parham, Marisa. “Saying” Yes”: Textual Traumas in Octavia Butler’s” Kindred”.” Callaloo 32.4 (2009): 1315-1331.