The Poisonwood Bible Analysis

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Religion, like many things, is taught and learned, passed through the generations, written in many forms and spoken in many languages all around the world, yet how one perceives and uses it, gives religion a further meaning. For many years now in places as Africa where Kingsolver places the novel, religion isn’t taken as seriously, as it is idealized in the western world, it is in different forms than what westerners are used too, but unwillingly, individuals are forced into the westerns way of teaching, compelling them to believe it can fix all their problems. In The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver criticizes the way religion affects an individual’s arrogance, political stance, and guilt, due to a belief that religion can fix…show more content…
In the end, the neck you save will be your own… What I feel down in my bones is the this is not a Christian kind of place. This is darkest Africa.” (Book 6, Chapter) Overall religious arrogance affected all the prices when arriving at the Congo, they came with the belief that everyone’s problems will be fixed by being on gods gracious side, yet nothing was fixed, this caused the price girls to begin losing faith and gaining an arrogance that their new beliefs are most correct.
During the time period, The Poisonwood Bible took place, the Congo was undergoing many political changes, from gaining their independence to the rise of Mobutu, it conflicted all individuals in the Congo, even the prices, who believed it all to be in Gods will that Congo will be fixed, yet every time the situation got worse, causing some prices like Ruth and Leah to undergo political changes in their views along with religious views, Kingsolver criticizes this. “The ceiling light was a clear glass bowl half full of…dead bugs. They like to come up to the light because it is so, so pretty like something they want, and then they get trapped in there.” (Book 2 Chapter 2 Pg. 123) This quote coming from Ruth is a metaphor of what is going on politically, Religion cannot fix all and this metaphor highlights Congo’s motivation and how they want the independence the western world has yet they advance for it head first. Kingsolver criticizes the way individuals

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