Octavia Butler


i cant figure out a theme for Kindred by Octavia Butler..

>>By aznbmXor   (Thursday, 15 Jan 2004 08:00)

um, i think the theme for kindred is slavery. I think Octavia Butler wanted to show the reader how cruel and hard slavery was, especially for women. All of us have a clue about how bad slavery was but sometimes american history tries to sugar coat it and make excuses for it. This book is actually pretty good and a must read for people that like history or science fiction.

>>By *love*is*a*malady*   (Sunday, 27 Nov 2005 03:46)

i actually think kindred had a broader theme. . .it wasn't just about slavery. . .it was more about racism, racial tensions, etc. . .

most of the book was in the antebellum south. . .but if you remember. . .parts of it were in the 1970's. . .

not only did octavia butler thoroughly depict the live of a slave woman. . .but she also represented the struggles that a modern day black woman endures. . .especially one in an interracial marriage.

this is by far one of the best books i've ever read on the subject. . .and it's never dull. . .it's amazing! when i finished reading kindred i wanted to read it again and again. . .

she touches on so much. . .it's sometimes hard to process the full spectrum of issues. . .

this book should replace huckleberry finn as required high school reading. . .

>>By drowninginflame   (Wednesday, 27 Sep 2006 23:53)

i'd like to understand why racism exist in our universe?

>>By green peace   (Thursday, 12 Oct 2006 22:30)

Kindred is about self-imposed slavery; we inflict it on our own lives.

>>By Eliyahuman   (Sunday, 8 Apr 2007 11:29)

I've in the middle of Butler's "Parable of the Talents." The intersection between the Biblical story of the two sons, each with a different talent is pretty clear, but I haven't really worked out where she's going with it. There is a very strong anti-Christian theme in spite of the obvious inspiration, but so far it is wildly overplayed. Had she not received a MacAuther award, I would probably write her off, but I don't know what to make of her.

>>By Kendall41   (Sunday, 2 Dec 2007 16:32)

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