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Barbara Kingsolver

Bible, I was fascinated by Kingsolver's extensive use of Lingala, the language used in the region of the Congo where the Price family lives. Lingala is a language in which each word has several meanings, and Kingsolver has the characters in the story use language to reflect themselves. Kingsolver also masterfully wields words to connote subtle ideas throughout the novel. Throughout the novel are sprinkled many phrases in Lingala, phrases that are eventually learned or heard by any one of the narrators...

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An Eco-Feministic View in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees

Eco-feminism traces its beginning from the feminist movements such as the abolition of slavery and restraint for championing the rights of women. Barbara Kingsolver is a contemporary American author. Kingsolver dedicated herself into political and social activism. She also believes in writing that promotes social change in society. Barbara Kingsolver novel The Bean Trees reflects this commitment. The Bean Trees concerns Taylor Greer, a young woman who leaves her small hometown in Kentucky to search...

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Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal Dreams": Alice

Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal Dreams": Alice She is dead. She does not appear physically but haunts mentally. She is Codi and Hallie's mother Alice, the late wife of Homero Noline. Throughout the novel Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver, Alice impacted the characters, action, and theme(s). When Alice passed away she took part of Homer with her. What she left was a misfit of time and circumstance; an emotionally distraught and distant man who attempted to resemble a father but veered more...

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Poisonwood Bible Essay

PWB Essay 6 February 2013 Rachel as America Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Poisonwood Bible is a bildungsroman of a family that is moved to Africa by their evangelistic father. Kingsolver uses the characterization of the family to discuss western colonization and its negative side effects. Kingsolver uses Rachel’s character to critique the American culture through her language, materialistic nature, and refusal to accept the Congo. Kingsolver uses Rachel’s language to describe American culture...

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Poisonwood Bible

Orleanna places herself in a position where she is not the chief criminal but connected enough to feel responsibility. In Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, she uses diction, imagery, and selection of detail to develop and convey Orleanna Price’s guilt and uneasiness throughout the journey that she was against from the start. The diction used by Kingsolver portrays many negative emotions from Orleanna. Orleanna’s hopelessness is evident when she says “… none of them really needed...

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Analysis of Stone Soup and the Gangster as Tragic Hero

the normal way of living, life is made to be more complicated and full of anxiety. In the short stories of “Stone Soup” by Barbara Kingsolver and “The Gangster as Tragic Hero” by Robert Warshow these non-realistic values are tackled and confronted to reveal the true ideals of the modern day world and the effects on its people. In the story “Stone Soup” Barbara Kingsolver explains how the common modern day family isn’t that ideal “Family of dolls” that many people strive for. The passage was...

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Animal Dreams: a Deeper Look Into Relationships

Shaylee Byers February 27th 2013 Final Draft Animal Dreams: A Deeper Look into Relationships In Animal Dreams Kingsolver uses the relationships between the characters to give us an idea of what a healthy relationship looks like. The flirtatious conversations and connections that soon lead to love is what it seems like most girls want. For Codi though, that’s not necessarily true right away with her and Loyd’s past and present relationship. Throughout this story there are many different kinds...

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Animal dreams essay

many questions that make a person think differently, such as why some people “engage with the world and its problems, while others turn their backs on it” (Kingsolver). Kingsolver addresses the issue of a sense of purpose in an interview and also weaves it into her novel, Animal Dreams, where it becomes one of the pivotal subjects. Kingsolver further enhances that subject by paralleling it with the topic of sense of belonging. The author combines and embodies the following topics through Codi the...

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The Poisonwood Bible Responses

Reader Response #2 – Question 1 In the Kikongo language, nommo means word, but it is also “the force that makes things live as what they are” (Kingsolver 209). Everything is present in this world, but once named, it gives them the life that they are named after. For example, a snake has the life it has because it is named snake, while a chicken is not a snake because that is not what it is named. This is why Adah and Leah live different lives despite being twins; they have different names. All...

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Medea

Medea Final Essay In novels and play writes such as Barbara Kingsolver’s, The Poisonwood Bible and Euripides, Medea, the theme Role of women arises: women in many societies are subjugated and displayed as the inferior gender, when they are truly the strongest; they carry all the pain and suffering of society, the wars and the deaths; thus they are the pedestal that keeps everyone up. In order to reveal theme Kingsolver and Euripides make use of literary devices such as symbolism, imagery and...

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