The Poisonwood Bible

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The Poisonwood Bible Everyone in the world has someone that they want to grow up and be just like them in every way, and in the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, the reader views a young girl named Leah Price who is devoting her life to being just like her father. As a young girl, she absolutely adores everything about her father while trying to be his favorite; she follows him around doing everything he does until he makes them move across the world to a city named Kilanga in the deep Congo. Throughout the novel, Leah begins to change her viewpoints about her father as his decisions put their family in danger. The geography, culture, and the physical presence of others all contribute to Leah’s complex character and help shape her…show more content…
She learns that doing things to please herself instead of her father makes her feel more accomplished and have that sense of worthiness that her father wasn’t giving her. Kingsolver uses these factors to get the audience to see the change in Leah’s views and beliefs as the book goes on and as she grows up into a woman. Her relationship with her father is a lot like her relationship with God because she talks to both of them and neither of them ever respond directly to her. She feels unwanted and like a distraction to her father’s main purpose in life, which is to save people through the word of God. Her surroundings in the Congo begin to shape her morals and psychological beliefs that push her away from not only her father, but God as well. This is why Leah is such a complex character because she moves away from Nathan’s footsteps and pushes for her own independence through the three factors of geography, culture, and the physical…show more content…
As the Price family arrives in the Congo and they aren’t arriving to a nice paved airport or security, but they are arriving on a dirt airfield and the whole Kilanga community is waiting there ready to greet them. Although the Congo doesn’t have the supermarkets, paved roads, or running water; according to The Scramble for Africa by Mike Kubic, it is producing mass amounts of “African diamonds, precious metals, copper, cotton, palm oil, tin and other products were also in high demand in the increasingly prosperous, turn-of-the century Europe.” These products were in high demand from outside nations. All of these nations are competing for the Congo because of these precious gems causing political uproar. While the family is settling into their new diamond filled dirt home Leah and her father go out to plant a garden using the same techniques as they would on American soil, but no this ground is different and Mama Tataba( the Price family’s helper ) tells them this is wrong. Mata

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