The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible - Paul Markakis AP English Period 6...

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Paul Markakis AP English Period 6 The Poisonwood Bible Throughout The Poisonwood Bible, author Barbara Kingsolver uses literary techniques to imply meanings far beyond those that the text seems to be about. Kingsolver specifically alludes to the death of Ruth May frequently. However, some of these allusions are more obvious than others. For example, when the Price family first arrived to the airport in the Belgian Congo, “…Ruth May pitched her blond curls forward and fainted on Mother.” This was one of the clearer signs that Ruth May was not completely healthy. Although she got up immediately afterwards, the fact that she almost spontaneously collapsed signified that she was not as healthy as the rest of her sisters. Evidently, Ruth May’s bouts of fainting were not uncommon- another allusion to her coming death in the novel. During a moment of retrospection later in the novel, Adah stated that “this is our permanent order: Leah, Ruth May, Rachel, Adah. Neither chronological nor alphabetical
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course ENGLISH 100 taught by Professor N/a during the Fall '11 term at Johns Hopkins.

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