Study Guide for Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Analysis Synopsis|
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They meet Rufus on the road, and in the space of a few minutes, he trains
his rifle on them. Dana looks him in the eye and tells him that he had
better shoot her first, because if he kills Kevin, she’ll kill him. He
replies that there is no need to talk about killing. Instead, he thinks
his daddy might want to talk to them about Dana’s board and keep for all
the time Kevin was gone. Dana refuses to give in again to his blackmail,
and even though Kevin acts as if they should go back, she grabs the horse’s
reins as if to leave once again. Rufus screams that she’s not leaving
him. At that moment, she realizes that Rufus really is prepared to kill
her. She drops to the ground, and the familiar nausea and dizziness begin.
She screams for Kevin, and just in time, he lands heavily on her back,
and they disappear again.
This chapter serves to reinforce the growing obsessive love that Rufus feels for both Alice and Dana. Dana has returned to find Kevin after Rufus calls her in the middle of a fight he is having with a slave. Even though she protects him once more, she comes to realize that he can’t let go of those he loves, even if he has to hurt them to keep them. She bides her time there waiting for Kevin, but unable to watch Rufus lie and cheat to get what he wants. She endures another beating as a result and prays daily for Kevin to find her.
Another important aspect of this chapter involves the idea that slavery comes eventually to be accepted by slaves, because they fear the alternative. Even Dana herself begins to believe she does not have the courage to run again for freedom.
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