Response Questions On The Poisonwood Bible By Barbara Kingsolver
Response #1: pages 1-186
How does Kingsolver use voice to characterize each sister? Which sister’s voice is the most compelling for you?
Kingsolver uses the voices of the four Price sisters Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May to show each of their different opinions and perspectives throughout the book. Even though Adah is mute for a large portion of the novel she has the most compelling voice of all the sisters to me because she seems to speak the loudest and the most realistically about her family. Except for Adah, each sister has a twisted or biased view of their father. Leah practically worships him. Rachel just despises him out of teenage insolence. Rachel Price, in the beginning of her stay in the Congo complains about her parents, saying t"In some ways they are so strict you might as well have a Communist for your parents, but when it comes to something you really wish they 'd notice, oh well! Then parental laxity is the rule of the day." (pg. 48) (Kingsolver) This quote reflects both youthful immaturity and truth. Rachel complains because she is not living the life she would have had back in America and yet she recognizes her parents’ double-standards. Rev. Price is a so called man of God, yet he is abusive and hypocritical and refuses to see the needs of his family. Out of fear and cowardice, Orleanna Price does not stand up for her daughters. Even if it was the right thing to do nobody wanted to risk…