Study Guide

Kindred Characters

By Octavia Estelle Butler

Dana

We can tell from the opening lines of this book that Dana has gone through an experience that has...

Rufus Weylin

The first time Dana meets Rufus, he's nothing more than a little boy who's frustrated with his...

Kevin

Overall, Kevin seems like a solid guy. He respects Dana's wishes, offers her support, and makes a...

Alice Greenwood

Alice Greenwood is Dana's long-dead ancestor, but Dana gets a chance to meet her when she travels...

Sarah

Sarah is a black slave who fills the role of cook for the white Weylin family. We learn early on...

Tom Weylin

Tom Weylin comes across as a real jerk at the beginning of this book. He's a brutal slave master...

Margaret Weylin

Margaret Weylin is similar to her husband Tom insofar as she has crazy mood swings. Her approach...