Analysis Of Barbara Kingsolver 's The Poisonwood Bible Essay

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Nathan the Antagonist
Promising to love and be faithful to someone forever is a beautiful and respectable thing to do, although weddings are not always as simple as that. Wedding traditions are loaded with sexism, from the idea that the groom must buy her from her father, like property, to stripping her of her last name and individualism, weddings can go from “I do” to “I do obey” very quickly if the couple not careful. And why do people continue these traditions even after years of fighting for equality between the sexes? Because traditions are so deeply rooted in culture that people hardly even think about the meanings of what they’re doing. These sexist traditions set the tone of the marriage that will follow. In Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Poisonwood Bible, Nathan’s sense of superiority causes an unequal marriage between him and his wife, which in turn makes him a failure as a father.
Orleanna is in a seemingly loveless and unequal marriage with Nathan. Orleanna says that the reason Nathan couldn’t love her is because it would’ve “trespassed on his devotion to all mankind.(8)” Nathan is so obsessed with his mission of saving the world with the word of God, that he can’t even show affection for his wife. His apathy towards his wife as broken her as a women. She has devoted her life to a man that will never do the same for her. As a spouse Nathan has the responsibility to help care for his and his wife’s children and home. Instead of doing this, he abandon them in…

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