Theme Of Parent Child Conflict In The Poisonwood Bible

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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver has many depictions of parent child conflicts. The source of most if not all of these conflicts arise when Nathan Price does not recognize his daughter’s needs and desires as individuals from himself. He tends to group them together as one entity when punishing, but then ignores all of them when they do something right. This is apparent mostly in how Leah wants her father's affection, how Rachel wants to have her voice heard, and how Adah wants her father to acknowledge her. There are other conflicts based on Nathan and his daughters but these are the most prevalent throughout the novel. The first main parent child conflict is how Leah wants her father’s affection. She mainly wants to be accepted and praised by her father but he continually ignores her when she does as things right, but then is harshly punished when one of the girls does something wrong. “The dreaded Verse is our household punishment. Other lucky children might merely be thrashed for their sins, but we Price girls are castigated with the Holy Bible”, (59). These punishments cause Leah to question her father but also praise him for everything he does. She wants to her father to give her affection for her helping the family, but instead she is given the “Verse” more than her sisters ever do. The second parent child conflict is depicted in how Rachel wants to have a voice in how she runs her life within the family. She is discredited by her father

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