Poisonwood Bible

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In Barbra Kinsolver’s novel, The Poisonwood Bible Kingolver uses biblical allusions to provide an in-depth analysis of a story, character, etc. For example, towards the beginning of the novel, Leah says that her "father was as tall as Goliath and pure of heart as David" (Kingsolver 49). After conducting research I found out that David was born in Bethlehem, and youngest son of Jesse at the age of 18. I don’t believe it to be a coincidence that Nathan was also born in Bethlehem, Georgia. When David was young he was a Shepherd; Leah also saw Nathan as a “shepherd” specifically while he was in Congo. Nathan also has red hair just like David, and he was strong just like David. When Leah mentions that Nathan “planned to make a demonstration garden” that they would feed the villagers she was alluding to the Garden of Eden (35-36). Nathan was acting as the shepherd that was attempting to feed his flock, the Congans. The fact that Nathan feeds the “flock” was also alluding to when Jesus had only a small supply of fish and bread and was able to feed thousands of people. Leah feels that the grace of their good intentions made her fell protected from the snakes. Leah felt that her father was her guardian angel for when he was around, they (including the Africans) are safe from the snakes just as David the Shepherd was too a guardian of his flock from the untamed animals. Its apparent that allusions to things as simple as the bible enhance our view of a difficult novel such as The Poisonwood Bible and enables us to break the novel rather easily.

In The Poisonwood Bible, Nathan’s believes that those who adhere to their traditional religious beliefs such as Tata Kuvudundu are wildcats or untamed animals. I believe Tata Ndu to symbolize Goliath for he is Nathan’s (David’s) arch nemesis in the battle to get people to believe in their line of thinking. The battlefield in which Nathan murders Tata Ndu was with Adah and lion incident: Tata Ndu’s eldest son has seen the marks...
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