Journal #1 While reading “The Joy of Nelly Deane” by Willa Cather. Nelly is describe as the prettiest girl in town of Riverbend and she was the happiest. Nelly seems to be free spirited and three of the women in this story was hoping she would go to their church and not the Methodist church. Everyone seem to like Nelly. Nelly and her friends are in a play called “Queen Ester” they have long practices took them three months to make it right.
Bearing Guiltiness within The Poisonwood Bible Foreshadowing is a literary device many authors use to hint at future events containing influential and thematic material; and authors tend to introduce their major themes through foreshadowing in opening scenes or a prologue. Barbra Kingsolver’s novel, The Poisonwood Bible, follows this very trend. Orleanna Price, in the first chapter, describes her burden of guilt toward choices she has made and the death of the youngest of her four daughters, Ruth May. Throughout the story, you discover the guilt within each of the five women: Adah, Leah, Rachel, Orleanna, and Ruth May. Due to supporting implications within the opening chapter of The Poisonwood Bible, with continuing evidence throughout the novel, it can be concluded that guiltiness is a motif.
She grows old with the self-condemnation of staying with Nathan for as long as she did, for if she mustered up the courage to leave the Congo earlier, Ruth May would not have died. Ruth May’s plea for Orleanna to forgive herself, just as Ruth May has forgiven her, presents the possibility of repentance for anyone, no matter how great of consequence their mistakes are. Though she never passed the age of 6, Ruth May seems to have learned better than most the importance of finding strength from and learning from wrong-doings. Urging her mother to “Move on. Walk forward into the light”, Ruth may passes along her own moral reassessment to anyone whom will listen, telling the error in letting so-called sins weigh down ones self forever
Could you ever imagine having to uproot your family’s entire way of life to travel across the ocean to a foreign country that would not fully commit to your belief of Christianity? In Barbara Kingsolver’s intriguing novel, The Poisonwood Bible, she tells the story of a typical all American family from Bethlehem, Georgia. The readers’ are able to visualize the family’s lives being completely revised by the chain of events that takes place through their God led journey to the Congo. The Price family is very familiar to the certain lifestyle the United States offers, where we take advantage of having our everyday necessities on hand, even down to our Betty Crocker cake mixes, access to fresh drinking water, protection from an abundance of diseases, and much more. They quickly begin to understand that if they want to survive all in one piece, they must adapt to this new way of life. However, the experiences each character encounters along the way leads them down a different path that is not at all what Nathan Price as a husband and father instills in them to believe. Over time in the Belgian Congo, the girls and their mother are able to see that there are divergent options for their lives other than what their dictator, Nathan is preaching to them. Leah begins the book as a little girl who follows in her father’s footsteps, she craves his approval. As Leah grows older she makes her own opinions’ about what is important to her and learns from those around her that it
She does not talk back or say one bad thing about her father that would bring him down from that pedestal in the first part of the novel. Leah “[hasn’t] contradicted [her] father on any subject, ever” (66). This shows that, to her, he is all knowing and will alway know what is best. Due to the fact that Leah holds her father in such high regard, she is always trying to do things well enough to “suit” her father (37). Leah believes that at the age of fifteen, she “must think about maturing into a Christian lady” in order to gain Nathan’s approval (103).
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. 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.
However, she continues to excuse her obsessions with the pure intentions for God’s work and assistance. The way Leah mentioned that she wanted her devotion to exceed all others also shows Leah’s perception of the competition between her and the rest of her siblings. This mention of competition helps to further display that Leah is willing to endure the grueling heat of the african sun in order to gain the highest approval of her father. Her efforts to excel in the eyes of her father were intertwined with her motivation to succeed in the eyes of God in a variety of areas and actions. Along with gardening and cultivation, Leah strove to impress her father through her dedication to memorizing the Bible and all of her father’s ideals and religious beliefs.
A Poisonwood Bible When describing Patrice Lumumba, Barbara Kingsolver uses complementary wording that makes the reader like him, or at least respect him. The Belgian doctor puts a cast on Ruth May’s arm on page 149 and calls Lumumba “the new soul of Africa”, which introduces Lumumba to the reader as a positive idea. When Leah sees Lumumba on pages 221-222, he’s described as “a thin, distinguished man” and that “when he stood to speak, everyone’s mouth shut... Even the birds seemed taken aback”. This portrayal makes him appear smart and scholarly and the reader is partial to him.
“Not all those who wander are lost”- J.R.R Tolkien. During the “Bel and the Serpent” portion of the novel, Ruth May is killed by a poisonous Cobra- a common death in the Congo. Out of all of the Price sisters, “It is Leah who takes it the hardest and shows the most obvious signs of emotional damage”. Ruth May was a symbol of freedom and innocence in the Price family. She died on the same day as President Lumumba.
Ultimately, this bitter trial provides them another opportunity to embrace the gift of life. Although the death of Susie Salmon breaks the Salmon family apart, it also provides them an opportunity to rebuild their love for one another and their relationships. Susie’s grandmother, Lynn does not have a close relationship with the Salmons. Yet, Susie’s death enhances Grandma Lynn’s bonding with Abigail and her family when she attends the funeral.
Ruth and Isabel are both slaves who are attending the funeral of their previous owner Miss Finch. Both of them are excited when they realize they will be free once their owner dies, as stated in her will. However Miss Finch’s brother Robert doesn 't approve of this. He instead sells them to Anne and Elihu Lockton who are Loyalists currently during the Revolutionary War. Anne makes the girls call her Madam and is very cruel to them.
In great works of literature throughout history and time, there has always been a general understanding of what a happy ending is. Happy endings - as perceived by scholars of times past and by society today - are joyful sessions where a heroine or hero saves a damsel in distress, true love is found through the toughest of circumstances, or a moral lesson is learned through acts of kindness, loyalty, or bravery. However; in Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet, the protagonist of the play is facing death and has, finally, after a protracted and tedious journey, avenged his father’s death and has sated himself to realize and accept his own personal peace. Even as Hamlet is dying, his true love and what is left of his family dead, his kingdom being invaded
How does one live a life as a Christian that honors and glorifies God? The answer is by reflecting Christ’s image by acting as He would in every situation. Because of what Jesus has done for sinners on the cross, they desire to live by His example in order to give Him glory. However, living a Christ-like life can only happen through the work of the Holy Spirit, who comes in to sinner’s hearts when they first put their trust in Jesus and the cross, growing them and making them more like Jesus. Many characters in books, stories, and movies have Christ-like qualities and characteristics, an example of this being Harper Lee’s masterpiece. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus exhibits many Christ-like characteristics such as