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Brutal Slaveholder’s Life In The Hands of Dana
     Dana and Rufus might look like friends from the outside, but Dana’s feelings for him are quite different from what we think of them. To begin with Dana sees Rufus as a child needing or relying upon her protection. For instance, when Dana saved him from drowning in the river. Secondly, she views him as a man of his time. In another words Rufus’s personality is the way that any other man would have been in that period of time towards his slaves. Lastly, he is a ruthless and vicious slaveholder, which Tom Weylin’s fault. Just as Tom’s behaviour on the slaves and on his son. Finally, I will explain in more details how Dana’s feelings for Rufus are in the following paragraphs.
     As a child Rufus started depending on Dana. In another words, Rufus’s survival was left in the hands of Dana. Just as when Dana went back to the past the first time to save Rufus from drowning in the river. "I reacted to the child in trouble" (Pg. 13). Also, Rufus depended on her to be his companion. Even more, when Alice killed herself and Dana came back to the past the last time and saw what happened Rufus told her "don’t leave, Dana" (Pg. 256). As Rufus grew older he never really learned to take good care of himself.
     Rufus is a man of his time. To begin with he treats his slaves the way any man would do in his period of time. Like the time when his father died and then he started to buy and sell slaves like any other slaveholder would do. Like Alice said "He’s all grown up now and part of the system" (Pg. 223). Further more Rufus had started to take...

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