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STUDY GUIDE FOR KINDRED BY OCTAVIA E. BUTLER
6. Dana also tells Kevin that the people of Rufus’ time know more about
violence than any movie screenwriter of their day could. This foreshadows
the violence that she will eventually have to experience.
7. On her second trip to the past, Rufus begs for Dana to stay with
him. This foreshadows how obsessive he is becoming with her.
8. Tom Weylin questions where Dana is from, but her answers bring an
ugly look and she wonders what could possibly be wrong. This foreshadows
Weylin’s dislike of Dana, because she is an intelligent, well-spoken black
9. Luke whispers to Dana, “You watch out.” He explains that Tom Weylin
can turn mighty mean, mighty quick. This foreshadows the continuing problems
between Tom and Dana.
10. Dana fears for Kevin, because she knows that if they are separated,
and she goes home, he will be stranded there, perhaps for years. This
foreshadows what will actually happen to Kevin.
11. The whole reading situation, while helping Rufus improve his own
skills, creates even more tension between Dana and Margaret, who tries
to draw Rufus’ attention from Dana to her. He then talks back to his mother
like a miniature example of his father. It worries Dana and foreshadows
what is to come in her determination to help Nigel learn to read.
12. Alice tells Dana that Kevin waited a long time for her to return
and then left for the North. She says that Rufus knows where he went.
She also cautions Dana to be careful of Rufus who can be very crazy sometimes.
This foreshadows Rufus’ attempt to keep Dana from reuniting with Kevin.
13. Alice believes that, in spite of his good intentions in bringing
the doctor, Rufus is responsible for the deaths of her children. Dana
thinks to herself that Rufus himself was to teach her about that attitude.
This foreshadows how he takes Alice’s last two children away to teach
her a lesson for running away.
14. Rufus asks Dana if she wants to jump the broom. To which Dana asks what he would do if she did. He replies that he would sell the man she wanted to marry. This foreshadows what he will do to Sam Jones.
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