Search Menu


Octavia Butler


Key Facts

Key Facts

full title ·  Kindred

author · Octavia E. Butler

type of work · Novel

genre · Bildungsroman, historical fiction, science fiction, dystopia

language · English

time and place written · Maryland, 1979

date of first publication ·  1979

publisher · Doubleday

narrator · Dana

point of view · First person

tone · Spare, straightforward, sober

tense · Past

setting (time) ·  1976 and early nineteeth century

setting (place) · California and Maryland

protagonist · Dana

major conflict · Dana struggles to survive in antebellum Maryland.

rising action · Dana is taxed with saving Rufus’s life.

climax · Rufus attempts to rape Dana.

falling action · Dana kills Rufus.

themes · The corrupting influence of power; the bondage of familial love

motifs · Violence, home, race

symbols · Whips, birthdays, maps

foreshadowing · Sarah’s warning foreshadows Rufus’s failure to mail the letter; Dana’s fear of Rufus’s jealousy foreshadows Sam’s sale

More Help

Previous Next

by Rohan42, March 18, 2014

Nigel is the son of Carrie and Luke, but it says Carrie is Nigel's wife. Not sure about that.


12 out of 45 people found this helpful

Lets get this straight

by shamiquil, September 18, 2014

Carries and nigel are married and their babies name is jude luke is nigels father duhhhhh

Luke, Carrie, Nigel, and Sarah

by linoreah, November 04, 2015

Some of the information here is not correct. Sarah is Carrie's mother and Luke is Nigel's father. Carrie and Nigel get married partway through the book.

See all 4 readers' notes   →