Dana in Kindred and Cooper in Interstellar have noble aspirations that span via helping their families to establishing a appropriate environment for effective living with others. This learn about seeks to identify the various ways in which the issues of betrayal, individual desires and self-preservation conflict with the noble aspirations expressed by means of the two characters in both the book Kindred and the film Interstellar. *
How betrayal, character desires and self-preservation conflict with noble aspirations of main characters
In the play, Kindred by using Butler, the main character Dana has noble prospects that would trade her own life and that of the entire society. Despite such noble purpose, the total concept comes into conflict with the issues of self-preservation. After encountering with a group of patrollers, the first issue of self-preservation arises. She claims that “Patrollers made sure the slaves were where they were supposed to be at night, and they punished those who weren’t.” (2.6.7). Dana had to deal with the issue of violence to slaves after understanding that the patrollers did not harm people because they were being paid for such undertakings. Instead, they just enjoyed exerting power over others.
Besides this, Dana had also to defend her relationship from the whole aspect of ethnic bias. After her marriage with Kevin being opposed by her parents, Dana stills want to stay with Kevin when she comes back to the plantation. To facilitate this relationship, Dana returns to Rufus for his help in delivering letters to Kevin. She aspires to ensure that the letters are delivered to Kevin. To receive help from Rufus, she also promises to help Rufus by ensuring that Alice to sleep with Rufus. On the contrary, through Alice, Dana confirms that Rufus has not delivered the letters as agreed. Rufus was completely against this relationship and knew that it would never work. Furthermore, he tells Dana that “That’s better than saying you’re his wife. Nobody would believe that.” (3.2.144). It appeared to Rufus that such a relationship could never be possible in such a context. He even suggests that Kevin could only be Dana’s grand master but never a husband. Dana is however betrayed by Liza by informing Rufus. We are aware that Dana aspiration is the progress of the marriage but the betrayal from her friend Liza is conflicting with this aspiration. Precisely, it acts as an obstacle to their peaceful marriage. Furthermore, Dana desires to stay with Kevin but due to the Rufus personal desire, Rufus is threatening her not to continue with their relationship, and he forces her to stay with him. Her desire and the betrayal is conflicting hence making the situation to be complex.
Dr Mann is the first man to get on the planet in this mission. He founds that things are different from his expectation. He discovers that he cannot collect the relevant data that can help accomplish his mission to the planet. Due to his self-preservation where he describes himself as brave and determines to win the mission, he is forced to do anything to ensure that the mission does not fail. In other words, Dr Mann did not want to be label as sore and desperate loser. He was a Coward who did not want to be labelled as a sore and desperate loser. Cooper aspires to have the actual results and relevant. Cooper highlights while in the new planet that “We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.” His aspiration and the self-preservation of Dr Mann conflicts and make the situation more complex. Betrayal is also pronounced in this situation where cooper is killed such that his aspiration dies. Cooper aspires to ensure that the right thing is done and the process of manipulating people with lies to stop but this cannot progress since his life is taken away.
Dr Mann also desires that the mission is to accomplish, he further desires that his manipulation over fake data succeeded. In this case, therefore, he is willing to do anything such that these desires are done right. His decision to do away with the life of Cooper is to stop him from getting away with the actual information to the earth. Cooper aspiration to deliver the right data of the mission is conflicting with the personal desires of Dr Mann. In fact, Cooper claims that clearly “Mankind was born on Earth … it was never meant to die here” after obtaining significant information to support his claims. Cooper’s self-preservation is then overrun after being murdered.
Mankind’s Inherent Flaws
The book Kindred, as well as the film Interstellar, highlights different intensities of existing problems faced by individuals. Dana despite her aspirations to undertake noble prospects becomes tied up with different challenges. Also, Cooper finally becomes murdered due to other people’s ill will. The main inherent flaws in man are hatred and betrayal that comes from self-approval.
Why science fiction allows such speculation
In summary, science fiction allows such speculations to make known the things that might happen to individuals in the real context. Even though some of the science fiction components are considered to be generated, it develops a more detailed content that can be comprehended.
Butler, Octavia. Kindred. Beacon Press, 2004.
Nolan, Christopher, and Jonathan Nolan. Interstellar: The Complete Screenplay with Selected Storyboards. Faber & Faber, 2014.