In The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver creates a character Orleanna Price who was semi-voluntarily exiled to the Congo. She was exiled from a happy life due to her marriage to Nathan Price, she was exiled from both America and Americans when she moved to the Congo, and she was exiled from her family when her youngest daughter died. With each exile, Orleanna’s personality is enriched by the things she learns during that exile, and Orleanna finds herself alienated from the people and lifestyle she used to have before each exile. In the first exile, Orleanna’s personality is enriched from the general life lessons she learns with the experience of age. During that exile, she is alienated from everyone she meets if they meet, have met, or even
Imagine being fourteen years old and living in a small town in Georgia, packing up as much as you can, or what could fit under your clothes and into a bag, and moving to the Congo of Africa. That’s exactly what the Price family did under their father’s will. Throughout Barbara Kingsolver 's Poisonwood Bible, Leah price experiences the Congo to its’ full potential. Both her psychological and moral traits were formed by cultural, physical, and geographical surroundings. The congolese people influence her decisions and thoughts throughout the book.
Throughout one’s life, many circumstances take place that will change the individual forever. In Contending Forces, written by Pauline Hopkins, the author states, “And, after all, our surroundings influence our lives and characters as much as fate, destiny or any supernatural agency.” The character of Orleanna Price in The Poisonwood Bible undergoes sharp changes throughout her journey from a quiet home in Bethlehem, Georgia to the new, unpredictable environment of the Congo. Orleanna alters from a woman who involves herself in the Georgian church community frequently to a woman whose only concern is surviving dangerous and chaotic events the African Congo beholds. Her character’s feelings toward her husband, Nathan Price, wane in terms of
In the novel, The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver illustrates Nathan Price’s desire for power over the people of Kilanga and the women of his family through his religious beliefs to depict the materialization and effect the “White Man’s Burden” and misogyny can have on an individual. As the white man enters the heart of Africa to perform “God’s will”, he feels immense pleasure from overpowering the African natives. That white man is Nathan Price, a Southern Baptist Preacher. As Nathan and his family first arrive to the village of Kilanga, the villagers and their leader, Tata Ndu, welcome them with a freshly-killed goat. However, despite this warm welcome, Nathan becomes horrified by the nakedness and sins the villagers exhibit.
The clash of the West and Africa, creates unique situations that everyone must face. The Poisonwood Bible, written by Barbara Kingsolver, shows how foreigners who enter another land are affected by the countries culture and faith, and in return how a society is affected. In the novel, children are led by the missionary father, Nathan into the Congo, where they face the task of religious conversion. Also, the Price children were influenced by the African culture and faith, in which changed how they view life and their attitudes toward the Congo. Each child’s perception of life distinct and molds them into the person they will become.
In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe introduces the importance of African culture, specifically in the village of Umofia. This serves as a guide for the reader to get a better insight as to why things happen the way they do in many parts of the book. After Okonkwo, the main character accidentally kills a young boy with a loaded gun, one of his close friends, Obierika, reflects on the tragedy. In this passage, Okonkwo is sentenced to seven years in exile by the wise elders and Obierika, a respected and reasonable man, is at a loss of spoken words. By looking at the continuous rhetorical questioning in passage 2, we see that Obierika heavily examines aspects of the Igbo culture such as rituals, values, and expectations.
Then from the 15th century, Christianity came to Sub-Sahara Africa and travelled gradually through the 19th century to other parts of Africa. I firmly believe that it was this period (between the 15th and 19th centuries) when Satan virtually had a total monopoly over Africa that provoked the Baptism of Satan in Africa. That was the period Christian missionaries started pouring in from Europe with “impunity”. That was the period naked young boys and girls (descendants of great engineers who once built the Tower of Babylon) were taught how to read and write. That was the period the African first saw the wonders of firearm technology or the “mystery” of the dressing mirror and were more motivated to go to school.
Harry’s current difficulty makes him extremely short-tempered, and he spends most of his time drinking and teasing his wife. A Rose for Emily, on the other hand, represents a home setting of the characters, which is Mississippi (Smith, 2012). One similarity between these books is that the authors begin analyzing the lives of the main characters after they find themselves in certain difficulties. The author from A Rose for Emily reflects back on Emily’s life after her death, while the author of The Snow of Kilimanjaro starts to flash back on Harry’s life after his infection while on safari tour in Africa. Furthermore, in both of these books, the main characters have strong personalities that stand out and make them unique.
The Poisonwood Bible explores multiple different meanings ranging from love and loyalty, to ignorance and political oppression. While it is a story of the journey of the Price family in the Congo, Kingsolver uses these narratives to draw a bigger picture of the geopolitics that are at play in the Congo. I think the overarching theme of the novel is ignorance and its opposite: empathy. We follow the journeys of ignorant characters such as Rachel and Nathan Price and are given a parallel with the journeys of Adah, Leah, and Orleanna. However Kingsolver showcases the realities of life here or beyond by the end of the novel where it is clear that none of the characters we met at the beginning would end up with lives that fulfilled all their dreams
A baby cries in the arms of a stranger. His mother was hanged the day before. Death would come and take his life today. John Proctor and Elizabeth, was a couple who lived two or three plantations away from me, were comforting each other. There were tears in Elizabeth’s eyes.