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Figurative Language In The Poisonwood Bible

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The way that you develop and discover yourself and your personal attributes is largely impacted by the environment you grow up in, as shown in The Poisonwood Bible. Each member of the Price family reacts differently to their being thrown into a completely new location, culture, and livelihood; the maturation path of each child varies drastically from the others, and their exposure to the Congo impacts each of them in a different way, which we observe through each character’s language and behavior in the book. The stylistic formatting, tone, and figurative language used in Leah Price’s narratives in The Poisonwood Bible change as she grows, and the maturation of her physical structure and overall mentality correlate to her development in language throughout the story. Leah enters the Congo as a religious, rule-following adolescent from the suburbs of Bethlehem, Georgia, but as time passes and she becomes accustomed to the land, Leah begins to develop in ways that were once unforeseen by her and her family. When Leah arrives in Africa, she is oblivious to the completely different world she is entering. She attempts to help her father with his work, yearning for his attention and recognition, but does not understand the foreign environment and culture she is engulfed by; her father, too preoccupied with his work and too set in his misogynist ways, does not listen to his daughter or even regard her positively. However, Leah is utterly dedicated to her father, saying “I know
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