The Poison Wood Bible Essay

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In The Poisonwood Bible (1998), author Barbara Kingsolver uses an array of stylistic features to influence the meanings that the readers make of the text. Perhaps the most prominent aspects of style employed are the manipulations in narrative voice. The novel has five narrators, the mother and four daughters of the Price family. Kingsolver has created a unique voice and personality for each of the Price girls by using specific diction, syntax, and sentence structure depending on which narrative voice is engaged. Using these stylistic features to construct five very different points of view, the reader is able to form a just opinion of the events in the novel, and thus Kingsolver ultimately persuades the reader into making the desired …show more content…
She reads words backwards and those which have symbolic meanings. For example “evil, all its sin is still alive’” is the same when read backwards. Adah has a secret code with words which she uses quite often. She constantly criticizes her crippled self and degrades her importance. When she is the narrator, it is clear that she is mocking and mysterious, quite unlike her sisters. The style in which Adah’s view has been written shows that she clearly recognizes what’s going on around her and sees the world with a scientific eye. This unique view of the events and conflicts that take place in the novel allow readers to form similar judgments that she does.

On the contrary, Leah, the twin Adah, is frank and intense. Kingsolver has assembled her word choices, arrangement and structuring of sentences to show that she is open and has a strong and intent nature. For example, “In Congo, it seems the land owns the people” and "Certainly it wasn't my place to scrutinize God's great plan, but what about the balancing scales of justice?” It is evident from the style in which Leah is voiced that she has passionate feelings about things and actually cares about the issues in Africa and the injustice towards the people. She wants to fit in with her father and this is the reason she talks about her father a lot. She also wants to fit in with the Africans and their culture, using language as an excuse to spend time with Anatole.

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