Adah Price is the disabled daughter of Nathan and Orleanna Price in the novel “The Poisonwood Bible”, she knows the benefits and struggles from the form of exile she experiences. Adah has dealt with alienation from the moment she was born and her disability was first discovered. Throughout the novel we witness Adah’s disorder and how it affects her and her family's life both in positive and negative ways. With all of Adah’s struggles we see her exiled from her family, her home, and even herself.
Adah is very talented with language. This is showed in the early chapters when she quotes Emily Dickinson’s poem in her narrative or her ability to spell backward. Adah did not speak much until she got her limp fixed. She likes to read and write her own poems when she was in the Congo. Due to Adah ability to play with words, she helped reveal a lot of the profound connotations.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver depicts Adah Price as the forsaken child in a foreign land. Already an outcast in her own family due to her brain deformity, her exposure to the Congo differs from the rest. From “A. D. A. H. Adah” the “ Crooked one” to able body Adah. Her Journey is a sight to behold form the light into the darkness from their somewhere in between and it all begins when the price family goes to the congo. Forced from her home in Bethlehem Georgia by her father and his Holy Mission to bring the “all powerful” Jesus Christ to the savage and native lands of the Congo, Adah’s journey begins.
Being in the Congo forces Adah to look at her disability in a different way—almost like reading a book backward. "Nobody cares that she 's bad on one whole side," she says, "because they 've all got their own handicap" (1.7.11). People in Kilanga are missing arms, legs, and eyes, and they go on about their daily business like it 's no big thing. We have a feeling she has the same view of her body as many people in Kilanga do: it 's just a tool, a vessel to carry her through this life.
Kingsolver’s novel reveals that storytelling is always changing based on the person telling the story. This is prominent due to the fact that the novel is by multiple personalities and is retold in different points of views. For example, readers are aware of how the characters view other characters. One character that other characters disregard is Adah. In most of the characters’ point of view, Adah does not seem very intelligent
The author of The Poisonwood Bible displays the development of the character Adah Price when Adah says, "Within a few weeks I had strength enough in both arms to pull myself up on the furniture, and from there I could release myself to a stand. Now, tentatively, I toddle in a straight line" (Kingsolver 440). In the previous quote, Adah Price is developing her body. She was limping all her life and now she is learning to walk. She has gained enough strength to stand and pull herself up, and from there, she began to learn how to walk.
She refuses to communicate with anyone including her family which causes others to think she is mentally ill. Yet she is intellectual and is the only daughter to attend college. Which proves the claim that Nathan states about sending a girl to college fallacious. Adah is also one of the first daughters to cease her connection with God. “[...] while kneeling on grains of uncooked rice [...] I found, to my surprise, that I no longer believed in God” (pg 171).
Adah respects and seems to almost envy the "cynicism" (172) of the Kilanga language: she works with Nelson to learn the intricacies of the language, especially the way intonations can completely change the meaning of what one is trying to say. Ironically, she studies and appreciates this important knowledge even though she does not speak; Nathan, the preacher, the one speaking to the villagers about God, and attempting to convert them, does not have the time of day nor the interest in learning these intricacies. Adah says "So much depends on the tone of voice... Our Baptist ears from Georgia will never understand the difference" (175), emphasizing the vitality of intonation as well as inferring that Nathan's intense piety keeps him from understanding that vitality. His "Baptist" ears are what's keeping him from actually reaching the Kilanga people.
“Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed.” This statement by Emily Dickinson expresses that you will never truly understand the meaning of success unless you have undergone failure. Emily Dickinson faced adversity throughout her fifty-five years of living as she experiences several losses. Because of this, the main theme in her poems is death as they are filled with constant bereavement however the themes of love, religion and nature are also present.
Her accounts of the Congo glorify the experience even illustrating her long to be a component of the unique culture. In stark contrast, her sister Rachel was more than devastated by her family 's decision to travel to the Congo, scathing the culture any time she could. They are both exemplifying Adah 's belief that they are each " trying to invent [their own] version of the story. All human odes are essentially one," which is displayed through the contradicting stories of the different storytellers. Their odes are collectively discussing their experience of the trip to the Congo, but all of them tell uniquely their own version.
Adah alludes to the fact that her mother, Orleanna, finds herself “owning, disowning, recanting and recharting” the events that took place after her husband moved her and her children to congo (Kingsolver 492). That maybe why her chapters are the only ones written in past tense. Orleanna
The poem has actually expressed the casual behavior of society towards abuse victims. People only use words as an expression but do not come for actual help. Nobody claims to be there for the victim instead they keep on carrying meaningless conversations which are not aimed in actually bettering off the conditions of the abuse victims. The word ‘Poem’ expresses the same notion of just using words but offering no help for the injured bodies.
To Dickinson, darkness seems to represent the unknown. The focus of this poem is people trying to find their way in the dark, where nothing can be foreseen. Sight is a prevalent theme in Untitled, achieved through words like
In order to show the manner in which Dickinson’s and Plath's poems portray gender relations and, more specifically, how they granted women a strong voice, I will analyze several poems and a novel. Historical background of that time will allow us an insight of the important processes in which many women were engaged. These processes refer to the First and Second Wave of Feminism. Although Dickinson and Plath were not active members of these movements, they are considered to be one of the cornerstones of modern and more equal world. 2.
On the one hand, if one goes deeply into Dickinson’s poem “This is my letter to the world”, where one can say that this poem can be appreciated that the speaker is complaining about the way that life has gone on. At first sight it is possible to observe that the language used by Dickinson was very simple because it was easy to understand. However, it was more complex than it seems to be, because a different meaning could have been given to the poem if it is analyzed in a deeper way. Moreover the poetic devices that she uses make the poem very attractive for the reader and also easy to follow because of the musicality that her rhymes produced in the way it is read, as in the ones used in the verse 2: “That never wrote to Me”, compared to verse 4: “With tender Majesty”, where the endings have the same sound. (Dickinson, poem #441: This is my letter to the