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Staykoff 1Léa Staykoff Mrs. BortzAP English Literature 17 August 2017Identity in The Poisonwood BibleBarbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bibleis easily one of the most moving and powerful American classics which manages to explore and expand on the themes of culture and religion through the eyes of its four main characters: Ruth May, Adah, Leah, and Rachel Price. While these characters give insight into their own personal experience living in Congo, they also give the reader the ability to witness changes and transformations of identity in other characters. Leah Price both illuminates her own coming of age and adaptation to the Congolese culture, and also shows Nathan Price, her father’s, struggle to reconcile his own view of himself as a powerful and important preacher and the villagers’ disinterest in his authority and message.Kingsolver introduces Leah as a devout Christian, ready to do anything to please her father, but also more open to the natural climate and resources of the Congo than any of her sisters. Early on in the Price’s arrival, Leah follows her father to plant seeds in their garden, stating that she knows “he [her father] must find me [Leah] tiresome, yet still I [she] like spending time with my [her] father very much more than I [she] like doing anything else.”

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