The Poisonwood Bible By Barbara Kingsolver

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“We’re never, ever, ever going to be able to fly as high, unless we’re both in support of each other” is what Emma Watson, actress, model and humanitarian, said during a speech as the U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador to introduce the launch of the “HeForShe” campaign, where the “solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all”. Feminism, the act of advocating for female rights in order for them to be equal to those of men, has been an issue for hundreds of years that is sadly lacking present-day progression. In The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, five females narrate their experiences in Congo during the sixties under not only the Belgian’s rule, but more terribly, under the tyranny of Nathan Price, a Baptist preacher on a mission to convert “arrogant” Congolese people into faithful Christians. Ironically enough, Nathan’s wife, Orleanna, and four daughters, Ruth May, Adah, Leah and Rachel, whom were formerly blind followers of him realize that their patriarch is actually the imprudent and arrogant one. In the end, one by one, they dynamically turn on Nathan and stand up for themselves. The Poisonwood Bible challenges the oppression of women by bringing light to female strength and capability, pointing out gender inequalities and strengthening the regard for female voice. In The Poisonwood Bible, Kingsolver highlights the disparate treatment of the genders, not only in the
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