Throughout literature, themes and messages have made strong points to convey an idea. Ranging from the epics of old, centered on selflessness and courage, to the modern stories revealing moral-building characteristics, themes play an important part in connecting the writing to the reader. In the story The Poisonwood Bible, author Barbara Kingsolver uses elements such as religion, nature, and the arrogance of the western world to reach out to the reader and introduce the concept she is trying to teach. Religion has an enormous influence in The Poisonwood Bible, primarily during the first two-thirds of the book because of the presence of Nathan. One prime example of this is when Anatole, the interpreter between the Price family
Satire is often described as the use of humor, irony, or exaggeration to criticize someone or something. The Handmaid’s Tale was written shortly after the beginning of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. With concerns regarding the possibility of reversing everything that feminists have accomplished, Atwood writes of a story that examines and criticizes what a protestant puritanical society would be like. In The Handmaid’s Tale, women are oppressed due to Gilead’s perverted perception of Christianity and the bible which can be seen when Aunt Lydia twists passages of the bible to conform to their agenda. Atwood shows a contemporary society with repressive views when taken to their logical extremes, in this case, extreme right wing ideology.
The congolese people influence her decisions and thoughts throughout the book. Her family, as she realizes the people they truly are, also change her thought process and mindset from when they lived back home in Georgia. As the Congo becomes their home, moral lessons were taught until the day the Price family departs from the Congo, but not all of them. Leah Price was introduced as a fourteen year old girl who is very intelligent and who idealizes her father, a godly man whose rules are stricter than most. The family is departing from Bethlehem, Georgia on a mission trip to Africa for a year with not much from home.
Orleanna Price and her husband, Nathan Price, live in a comfy home with their four children. As a devout Christian’s wife, Mrs. Price attends church every Sunday. Mr. Price receives an offer to spread the teachings of the Christian faith as a missionary in the small village of Kilanga in the Belgian Congo. This is not the happiest of news to Orleanna and her daughters for the reason that they must attend the journey as well. Now in the Congo, Orleanna is not the same person as before.
Those characters all represent three vastly different variations of Christian faith in the Victorian Era. Over the course of Jane’s journey, she struggles with her own Christian faith in God and beliefs as well as with the approaches to religion the characters Mr Brocklehurst, Helen Burns and St. John Rivers have chosen. Mr Brocklehurst Jane’s first encounter with one of the strongly religious characters takes place in her aunt’s house. Jane meets Mr Brocklehurst, the master Lowood school, where she will be studying and eventually become a teacher later in the novel. During her first interaction with him Mr Brocklehurst promptly asks Jane “Do you read your Bible?” (Brontë 72) and other questions about Jane’s faith.
The Poisonwood Bible is a realistic fiction story written by Brenda Kingsolver in which a family from Georgia travels to the Congo for African missionary work. The Price family, made up of Nathan, Orleanna, and their four children, are not accustomed to the Congolese ways of life, for they come from completely opposite conditions. When they witness the culture of these African people, they are all in disbelief at how a village could live in that way. Therefore, The Price family, mainly the preacher Nathan, see it as their duty to “civilize” the people of the Congo. They are in Africa to solely to teach the people about morals and Christianity, and throughout the book, the girls seem to be more connected to the African people.
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.
Hailey Lesik Miss. Given World Literature 5 February 2018 Journal #3- The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver, the author of The Poisonwood Bible, wrote the book with an interesting way of portraying storytelling. This book has multiple narrators, meaning many different viewpoints. The book takes a look at each Price girl: Leah, Adah, Ruth May, Rachel, and Orleanna. Being that each one has their own personality and individuality, means that some are more reliable than others.
From the pages he wrote, he captured the idea of how the Native Americans journeyed bravely through the eyes of the unseen or the biased. Bonnie C. Harvey seemed to be stuck on the idea of perfecting people with religion, including the “success of the Choctaws”. She didn’t care to mention that the Choctaws were included in the Trail of Tears along with many others. If I had written Bonny Harvey’s article, I would have included the thoughts of the churches after the Trail of Tears. Marion Blackburn and Julia Busiek both touched on the rarity of U.S. Army Fort Armistead and Mantle Rock, respectively.
Lisa Harper is a popular bible teacher, speaker, and author. In her book “ A perfect Mess”, she shines light on how the bible connects to modern life. She goes about telling her experiences that exemplify how in “not so great” moments, God sees his child in need of his perfect love. In the article “ How Should I Live Life as a Christian Teen?” written by Catiana Nak Kheiyn, she discusses how even though we face hardships, God is on our side guiding us through it all. The article and the book both mention how we can get caught up in the false perceptions of Christianity.
Through the examination of funeral literature Ulrich is able to describe the behavioral characteristics of a virtuous Puritan woman; s.g., a desire to seek god early, to read the bible, to converse through pious discourse, to write, to love to go to church and have the willingness to submit to God’s will. (Ulrich, 22-26) To the author, these traits imply that “while a godly woman was expected to act appropriately in all