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Bhavi Patel The Poisonwood Bible 9/15/10 In the novel, The Poisonwood Bible , a religious father’s mission to convert the religious beliefs of the people of an area, changes the lives of his family forever. Nathan Price had a mission in the Congo, and because of it his wife, Orleanna and daughters Rachael, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May moved with him, taking only the necessities of civilized life along with them. However, when they arrived in the Belgian Congo, they began to realize that adapting to a new society was not that easy. Barbara Kingsolver in her novel The Poisonwood Bible shows how the women in the family struggle to adjust in the Congo because of the egomaniac man in the household, Nathan, who did not even listen to what his family had to say, and wanted to remain in the Congo even when the civil war was approaching, making the family in the danger. In this novel, the character Nathan is attempting to change the views of the Congolese on religion, so he can save their souls. However, unlike the other characters that are trying to adjust into the Congo, Nathan wants everybody to believe in his God, the way he does. Nathan is later seen as a stubborn and selfish man. This is because he is not trying to save the people’s souls because he cares; he is actually doing this so he can be closer to God himself. He thinks that God
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