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Dec 6

Black women are in this time still portrayed as someone to be helped, or someone who is suffering and not doing well in life. It shows that even as things became better in racial differences, the stereotypes for black people, women, and especially black women remained. (Also ties into my comment on companies having no morals and just going with trends to make money.)

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Dec 6

In the same way in Kindred, Dana, as a modern woman, gets a first hand experience of real slavery. In the same way that we can’t just gloss over the history of slavery, we can’t compare it to the “shiny new future” without noting that the industrialization of early America (on the back of enslaved peoples labor) made the American society what it is today.

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Dec 6

Its very interesting how a time of societal change was created through the counter culture of the 60s, part of which being inspired probably by the war in Vietnam.

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Dec 5

I am always studying to be able to teach and reach all learners. I consider myself a lifelong learner, in my opinion, there is always something new to learn. To be in contact with my students, facilitating the interpersonal relationship withing them, gives me the ability to adapt to anything. As a teacher and a mentor, it is my honour to share this passion with my students who must know that we live in an ever-changing global world and their education should be geared towards the mastery of the 21st Century skills.
As mentioned in the second test, the future of today’s children can be very unpredictable, as we can’t even know what the jobs are going to be in the future, but one thing that will hardly change is the human connection. Mastering the 6 C’s skills can help teachers and students to be ready to face the changes that will come and improve the problem-solving skills.

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Dec 5

this is an agin and agin moment becuse she keeps on rembering what happend with khalil and one-fifiteen

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Dec 5

Thats facts you always have to check your surroundings no matter the situation

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Dec 5

a phrase that is being said agin and agin is “williamson star” this keeps on said becuse is her but like a differt person when shes in school

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Dec 5

This is a agiain and agin moment because the phrase that is being mentioned is “Big Mav’s daugter who works in the store” and this is what people know her as

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Dec 5

this memory might be important to her because this was one of her best friends and it was something they did for fun before she passed away that same day

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Dec 5

Obviously not slavery, but a time where women, and especially black women were heavily oppressed.

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Dec 5

I think it states how history is not confined to government records or the recordings of influential people. it’s also told from the viewpoint of the least influential, like slaves. Most of the first-hand stories are out of the personal writings of slaves and people on the underground railroad.

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Dec 5

It’s amazing how different authors uyse different methods of conveying the same themes. Like many perspectives of slavery, slavery (and that time) clashing with the modern world, the amount of perspectives are almost infinite.

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Dec 5

The readers of Kindred not only get the first hand experience of what a modern day woman would feel like in the old times of slavery. But also the science fiction mystery of how she actually got there. Very engaging and thematic.

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Dec 5

Realizing that human rights epically is something that we have normalized and has gone on for years.

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Dec 5

This makes a wonderful point while dana is playing the role of a slave but each time she’s keeps getting knocked down by the racism and realization of what’s really going on while she’s trying to find out her families history.

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Dec 5

I think Octavia did a great job as a writer not only taking a comment but also a historical time and turning into a novel the way she did.

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Dec 5

I haven’t made it to this part of the text, but the pairing of Dana and Carrie seems important in widening narrative outside what is explicitly demonstrated. Some perspectives may be tucked away by nature, and because Butler is writing to demonstrate race outside of media generalization, she is showing that there is variety beyond what is given in her novel.

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Dec 5

I appreciated Butler’s writing early on. In this quote I enjoyed how she engages the senses, her repetition of ‘every’, the list of vivid verbs, Dana’s own questioning and physical response to the scene, the comparison of media representation in addition to the affects of the violence on a child, etc. She pulls the reader into the circumstance just as the character herself is pulled in. It’s a clever way to set up a novel.

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Dec 5

To separate the African American identity from dominant understandings with science fiction tropes is an interesting concept. It shows the importance a single word or introduction can hold. using “invisibility” or an “alien encounter” entice a reader to relearn a group and become more receptive to recognizing contradictions in their previous generalizations.

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Dec 5

‘public fantasy’ is a descriptive way of labeling commercial views. As in any fantasy, representation of a concept is not the only factor in perpetuating stereotypes. The individuals who keep the perspective show an interest in a certain view which is exploited in industrial public appeal. What makes a commercial model so challenging to modify is the group that backs it up. Often, as individuals we can recognize backhanded comments, but with cases that front support for a cause, it is hard to continue an argument against them.

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Dec 5

I think one of the greatest things Olivia has done with the novel is making Kindred a first person point of view book with Dana as an unreliable narrator. This forces the reader to follow through the harsh reality Dana has to go through while also understanding what goes on in her head.

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Dec 5

The use of fictional genres like fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism can help critique society. Using tropes that exceed reality is a perfect way to shape an ongoing problem and why It needs to be solved. Not only does it draw in a reader, but it can expand a subject.

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Dec 5

Olivia was right with the idea that a male protagonist would not survive longer than a female protagonist in Kindred. It is important to look at the differences between male and female. If a man did a wrongdoing it was more likely for them to get killed as a punishment. Although, even if a women would probably not get killed if she did a wrongdoing, she would still receive severe punishment, let alone the severe sexual harassment they would face towards their owners.

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Dec 5

Sometimes it can be very hard to look back at ones ancestors and try to understand why they did what they did. I believe Olivia did a great job showing this through her novel; with Dana slowly submitting to her life as a slave in the past.

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Dec 5

Representation back then and even today are very important issues. There are very little pieces of American media and literature before 1979 I can think of that display a black protagonist in a good lighting. Kindred shows the importance of representation.

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Dec 5

With 1979 being a time in America with deep racism and misogyny, Dana helped show what diversity and representation can do in the realm of literature.

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Dec 5

I find it interesting how Dana was originally going to be a man but Olivia could not find a way to make it possible. I feel like the main protagonist being a woman helps make the novel more meaningful; with black women being in the lowest of the hierarchy it makes Dana’s journey more impactful.

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