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The Poisonwood Bible | Study Guide

Barbara Kingsolver

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Adah, Book 5 f chained is where you have been, your arms will always bear marks of the shackles. Sources:, The Guardian, Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Methuselah Symbolizes the Congolese people, who struggle to survive because of mistreatment by outsiders Nathan’s Garden Represents Nathan’s good intentions and how his arrogance ruins them Leah’s Globe Stands for Leah and Anatole’s shared thirst for knowledge and the challenges of life in the Congo Symbols Ruth May Cute six-year-old girl; dies tragically Adah Partially paralyzed twin; brilliant and cynical Leah Intelligent twin daughter; motivated by a desire for justice; rejects her father to stay in Africa Anatole Intelligent, curious Congolese activist and teacher Orleanna Follows her husband to the Congo but begins to express her own opinions; blames herself for her daughter's death Nathan Fervent, angry preacher, father, and husband Rachel Eldest daughter; vain, selfish, and aggressively proud to be American Family Married Main Characters Kingsolver’s age when she and her family moved to the Congo to vaccinate against smallpox 7 Narrators in The Poisonwood Bible—all women 5 Year Kingsolver received the National Humanities Medal 2000 The PoisonwoodBibleby the Numbers Born in Maryland, Kingsolver has lived all over the world, including the Congo. In her books, Kingsolver asks questions about how people’s choices affect those around them and how they are affected by their environment. The Poisonwood Bible is one of her best-selling books. BARBARA KINGSOLVERBORN 1955 Author