This novel starts off on June 9, 1976, in California with an African American Girl named Dana on her 26th birthday with her husband Kevin and are moving into their new home. Kevin has started to unpack his office and Dana is unpacking books. Then Kevin walks out of the office to talk to Dana when Dana all of a sudden starts to get dizzy and Dana then finds herself in a grove of trees thats in the late 1800’s in the state of Maryland by a nearby river when she spots a young boy drowning named Rufus. She then goes into the river to save the unconscious boy. Once the boy has came back to life and she dealt with his mother she reappears back into her apartment. Several minutes later she begins to feel dizzy again and then disappears.
This time Dana finds herself sees Rufus, now a few years older, with his bedroom drapes on fire. Dana then puts out the fire and helps Rufus escape the house. She then runs to the house of Alice Greenwood and her mother. She then gets ...view middle of the document...
Dana stays in Maryland 2 months and goes through quite a lot. Kevin then shows up in Maryland and Rufus tries to shoot at Dana and Kevin but they manage to travel to 1970. Dana travels back and finds Rufus very intoxicated and she helps him recover. Soon Rufus’s father dies and he blames Dana and he forces her to work until the point that she collapses. Dana ends up slitting her wrists into helping herself travel back and ends up being successful. Dana is then back at home with kevin for many days, but when Dana returns back to the plantation she finds that Alice has tried to run away and Rufus has punished her. Alice then eventually kills herself and because of that Rufus also nearly kills himself. Rufus then clings to Dana because she’s just like Alice but he then tries to rape Dana but in doing so, Dana stabs Rufus and kills him. Dana then immediately appears back at her apartment all beaten up.
The writing style that Octavia Butler is very simple. Nothing in this novel is very dramatized or extremely brutal. Although it t does have a few very dramatic and sad at points when it talks about Dana getting beat up and Allice hanging herself. The feeling is very dark and kind of dingy because of all the slavery in this book that the characters go through. This novel has a lot to do with slavery back in the 1800’s. It kind of talks about the life of some African Americans back in the 1800’s and some being worked on the Weylin Plantation. It has a lot of violence and deals with whipping, hangings, rape, and many other brutal actions.
The culture in this books is African American. The African American culture that this book goes through is the life of an African American in the 1800’s. Back in the 1800’s African Americans were treated very differently than they are treated today. Butler focuses on some of the aspects that they had to go through. Such as slavery, rape, and getting abused and beaten. African Americans weren't allowed to do a whole lot. They had to always live in fear.
The tone in this novel is very straightforward. Octavia doesn’t hold back on any of the details. She doesn’t bead around the book essentially. Even when she talks about slavery and rape, she doesnt make it sound as harsh and some people might. Butler makes it easy for readers to understand what some of the people had gone through