Similarities Between Kindred And The Sun

1225 Words5 Pages
Although Kindred and The Sun Also Rises differ in genre, and setting they are none the less similar in how the author uses a first person—chronological narrative to explore the theme of identity within a different society. By taking the reader along as the protagonist faces difficult or challenging events.
When examining the effect of the first person narrative on the content of the novel, the reader is able to see that it’s the use of the narrative that gives the protagonist more depth, this in turn gives the content more depth. By this we mean that because the reader is able to experience events at the same time and the same way that the protagonist does, the reader, is given a clear picture of the protagonist and of the opinions,
…show more content…
The reason the first person narrative’s effect on the content of the novel is important is because it shows a broad view of how the narrative shapes the protagonist identity. The second parallel between Kindred and The Sun Also Rises, is that the protagonist are introduced at the beginning of the novel with of general concept of who they are. As a result of the chronological narrative the readers is taken along through the course of the novel, therefore the reader is able to gather a clear picture of the protagonist identity, or sense of self. For example in Kindred because of the first person narrative, the author has given the reader an insight into Dana’s thoughts, as a result the reader is able to grasp a few of the qualities or beliefs that form Dana’s sense of self. For instance in the following conversation between Dana and Kevin the reader gets a picture of Dana’s ideas about intimacy, and sexuality. “ ...”Come with me.” I repeated softly.
“Dana, you’re hurt. Your back…”
He stopped, pulled me closer.
“Five years?” I whispered.
“That long. Yes.”
“They hurt you.” I fingered the scar on his forehead.
“That’s nothing. It healed years ago. But you…”
“Please come with me.”
He did. He was so careful, so fearful of hurting me. He did hurt me, of course. I had known he would, but it didn’t matter. (Butler 190)

As a result of Butlers use of first person
Get Access