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ENG102:?Essay?3?
Essay?3?is?a?750+word?reflection?on?the?themes?of?Kindred.?This?essay?must
begin?the?introduction?of?its?topic?with?relevant?biographical?information?on?the?author?of?Kindred?(for
biographical?information,?use?the?biography?on?Wikipedia),
use?summaries/paraphrases/and?or?quotations?from?Kindred?to?prove?a?thesis,?and
support?its?thesis?using?at?least?two?pieces?of?critical?analysis.?ONE?of?those?two?pieces?must?be?one?of?the
following?(all?are?on?Blackboard):?
Bedore,?Pamela.?”Kindred.”?Masterplots,?Fourth?Edition?(2010):?1?3.?MagillOnLiterature?Plus.?Web.?3?Nov.
2013.
Crossley,?Robert.?”Critical?Essay.”?Kindred.?By?Octavia?E.?Butler.?Boston:?Beacon,?2003.?265?84.?Print.?
Davis,?Jane.?”Kindred.”?Masterplots?II:?African?American?Literature,?Revised?Edition?(2008):?1?3.
MagillOnLiterature?Plus.?Web.?3?Nov.?2013.
McIntosh?Byrd,?Tabitha.?Novels?for?Students.?Volume?8.?Gale?Virtual?Reference?Library.?2000.?114?138.?
Virginia,?Mary?E.?”Kindred.”?Masterplots?II:?Women?s?Literature?Series?(1995):?1?3.?MagillOnLiterature?Plus.
Web.?3?Nov.?2013.
Your?Works?Cited?page?for?Essay?3,?then,?must?contain?at?minimum?four?entries:?one?for?the?novel?Kindred,?one
for?the?biography,?and?two?for?critical?pieces.?
Topics?to?write?about?(choose?one)
In?his?book?New?Politics?of?Race:?Globalism,?Difference,?Justice,?race?theorist?Howard?Winant?argues?that
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African?slavery??divided?humanity?into?Europeans?and??others???and?that??[f]erocious?and?unending?cultural?and
psychic?energies?were?expended?to?sustain?this?schism,?which?was?also?constantly?challenged?and?undermined?in
innumerable?ways.??
Write?an?essay?that?traces?the??ferocious?and?unending?cultural?and?psychic?energies??in?which?the?white?masters
engage?to?prove?themselves?different?(and?superior)?to?their?slaves?in?Kindred.?As?you?write?your?argument,
make?sure?to?note?the?main?ways?in?which?the?novel?also??challenge[s]?and?undermine[s]??the?division?of
humanity?into?Europeans?and?Others.?
In?her?tribute?to?Octavia?Butler,?Karen?Joy?Fowler?writes?the?following?about?Kindred:
Part?of?the?impulse?to?write?this?book,?Butler?said,?was?guilt.?Her?own?mother?was?taken?out?of?school?at?the?age
of?10?and?worked?in?jobs?that,?as?a?child,?Butler?found?demeaning.?It?took?Butler?several?years?to?see?that
endurance?and?sacrifice?are,?in?fact,?the?characteristics?of?the?hero.
Like?Butler?s?mother,?Sarah,?Alice,?and?Dana?are?forced?to?endure?constant?exploitation?and?degradation?to
survive?and?to?allow?others?to?survive.?Taking?Fowler?s?definition?of?heroism?into?account,?write?an?essay?that?a)
discusses?what?each?of?these?three?characters?has?to?endure?and?sacrifice,?and?b)?explains?which?character?of
these?three?is?the?most?heroic?in?your?view?and?why.
3.?What?is?the?legacy?of?African?slavery?in?the?United?States??Consider?the?issues?that?Kindred?brings?up?in
terms?of?slavery?as?a?system?of?power?and?control?with?the?goal?of?profit.?What?issues?remain??What?issues?have
changed??How?have?they?changed?and?have?they?changed?much??
This?essay?must?be?a?comparison?of?the?issues?brought?up?by?Butler?in?her?novel?and?your?own?understanding?of
the?issues?as?they?stand?today.?You?may?use?ideas?from?any?slide?show?on?this?topic?in?Google?Groups.?You
may/should?use?outside?sources?to?back?up?your?arguments?about?present?circumstances.