The Poisonwood Bible By Barbara Kingsolver Essay

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Journey’s are a recurrent and common theme throughout literary novels, providing a foundation for the rise or fall of a character. Two sample novels were provided for their effectiveness at displaying journey’s and the impacts affiliated with them. The first is titled The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and the second is The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. Each story is different in its plot and characters, yet each has striking similarities with each other. Example similarities consist of journeys, particularly those of emotion. The two novels also provide an excellent foundation for a universal truth about humanity, mainly being the nature of negative emotions conquering the positive.
The first comparison between the two texts is of Adah and Saffia and their journey’s of depression. Adah’s journey begins with the event of abandonment by her mother during an ant invasion:
Mother staring at me, holding Ruth May in her arms, weighing the two of us against one another. The sweet intact child with golden ringlets and perfectly paired strong legs, or the dark mute adolescent dragging a stubborn, disjunct half-body. Which? After hesitating only a second, she chose to save perfection and leave the damaged. Everyone must choose (Kingsolver 413).

Adah’s character is severely impacted after this event, leading her into a realm of resentment and hopelessness. Adah no longer has the self-confidence she had before the event and begins to contemplate her existence, feeling…

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