History Literature / ThePoisonwoodBible

3rd Mar '15 7:14:08 PM Histryluvr
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* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler: Leah's]] four children remind her of her sisters, in order. [[spoiler: Pascal, the oldest, chases girls. Patrice is serious and adores his father. Martin is broody and Leah explicitly evokes Adah when describing him. And Nataniel is the youngest by a significant gap, assertive and playful, and inspires his mother to pray desperately over his sickly body.]]
10th Nov '14 9:31:48 AM EnglishGuruLady
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* AffectionateNickname: Sometimes played straight and sometimes subverted. Anatole's meaning is affectionate when he calls Leah "Beene." The Congolese also have nicknames for all the other Prices:
**Rachel's nickname is a subversion of the trope: Muvula, a white termite that comes out after the rain, because her skin and hair are so pale.
**Ruth May is called Bandu; this can mean either "the littlest; at the bottom" or in a more layered meaning, "the reason for everything."
**Adah's nickname translates to "Crooked Walker"; not affectionate, but not necessarily meant with derision, either.
1st Jul '14 7:08:10 AM hullflyer
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** As pointed out by Leah later in the book, the Price daughters' hope chests foreshadow their eventual marital statuses. Rachel cranks out numerous smaller projects. [[spoiler: This symbolizes her multiple failed marriages.]] Leah works steadily on one big project [[spoiler: , which symbolizes her steady commitment to Anatole in the face of numerous troubles]]. Adah disdains and makes fun of the whole thing [[spoiler: , symbolizing her decision to never marry and overall cynical view of the institution]]. Ruth May is considered too young and thus exempt [[spoiler: , just as she would be exempt from marriage because of her early death]].

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** As pointed out by Leah later in the book, the Price daughters' hope chests foreshadow their eventual marital statuses. Rachel cranks out numerous smaller projects. [[spoiler: This symbolizes her multiple failed marriages.]] Leah works steadily on one big project [[spoiler: , which project, [[spoiler:which symbolizes her steady commitment to Anatole in the face of numerous troubles]]. Adah disdains and makes fun of the whole thing [[spoiler: , symbolizing thing, [[spoiler:symbolizing her decision to never marry and overall cynical view of the institution]]. Ruth May is considered too young and thus exempt [[spoiler: , just exempt, [[spoiler:just as she would be exempt from marriage because of her early death]].
8th Mar '14 10:12:54 PM Fireblood
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After settling in somewhat, they discover that their mission will be a lot harder than they expected, and that the items they smuggled to the Congo are the wrong ones. That is before the Congo Crisis starts. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Crisis]] Nathan Price refuses to leave when the rest of the missionary organizations pull out, determined to spread the gospel. But even in the little isolated village they are in, which is relatively untouched by the revolution (or anything else), circumstances prove too difficult for the female Prices...

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After settling in somewhat, they discover that their mission will be a lot harder than they expected, and that the items they smuggled to the Congo are the wrong ones. That is before the Congo Crisis starts. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Crisis]] org/wiki/Congo_Crisis Congo Crisis]] starts. Nathan Price refuses to leave when the rest of the missionary organizations pull out, determined to spread the gospel. But even in the little isolated village they are in, which is relatively untouched by the revolution (or anything else), circumstances prove too difficult for the female Prices...
18th Sep '13 10:32:43 PM niyyuu
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After settling in somewhat, they discover that their mission will be a lot harder than they expected, and that the items they smuggled to the Congo are the wrong ones. That is before the revolution starts. Nathan Price refuses to leave when the rest of the missionary organizations pull out, determined to spread the gospel. But even in the little isolated village they are in, which is relatively untouched by the revolution (or anything else), circumstances prove too difficult for the female Prices...

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After settling in somewhat, they discover that their mission will be a lot harder than they expected, and that the items they smuggled to the Congo are the wrong ones. That is before the revolution Congo Crisis starts. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Crisis]] Nathan Price refuses to leave when the rest of the missionary organizations pull out, determined to spread the gospel. But even in the little isolated village they are in, which is relatively untouched by the revolution (or anything else), circumstances prove too difficult for the female Prices...
18th Aug '13 3:32:56 PM MacronNotes
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* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: Rachel, though personality-wise she tends to be closer to the trope's SpearCounterpart.
22nd Jun '13 8:12:16 AM HaleCol
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* {{Homage}}: More than a few critics of the novel have noticed its similarities to ''LittleWomen''. Kingsolver asserts in interviews, though, that her novel is not meant to be a deliberate re-working of Alcott's novel.
4th Jun '13 4:10:00 PM sunlitgarden
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* SdrawkcabName: ''Adah Ellen Price'' rearranges herself thus, privately, into ''Ecirp Nelle Hada''.

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* SdrawkcabName: SdrawkcabAlias: ''Adah Ellen Price'' rearranges herself thus, privately, into ''Ecirp Nelle Hada''.
1st Jun '13 11:05:05 AM BananaPancakes
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* BrainyBrunette: The twins.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Nathan's American 'Garden Of Eden' which doesn't bear fruit, his [[spoiler:death on a burning colonial tower]], etc.
20th Apr '13 4:11:51 PM BananaPancakes
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* GoingNative: Subverted with Nathan. Averted, and eventually inverted with [[spoiler: Rachel]] (who seems to become ''more'' racist and jingoistic the longer she spends in Africa). Alternately played straight and deconstructed with [[spoiler: Leah]].

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* GoingNative: Subverted with Nathan. Averted, and eventually inverted with [[spoiler: Rachel]] (who seems to become ''more'' racist and jingoistic the longer she spends in Africa). Alternately played straight and deconstructed with [[spoiler: Leah]]. Played more or less completely straight with the last American or Christian to spend significant quantities of time in the Congo: Fyntan Fowles, a Catholic priest who deserted his order.



* TheMissionary: Nathan Price.

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* TheMissionary: Nathan Price.Price and Fyntan Fowles.



* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels:
** The local language Lingala, is tonal and has multiple meanings for most words. While the girls quickly catch on, Nathan is too arrogant to realize his ignorance and spends week after week proudly declaring that Jesus is a poisonwood tree.

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* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels:
MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels:
** The local language Lingala, Lingala is tonal and has multiple meanings for most words. While the girls quickly catch on, Nathan is too arrogant to realize his ignorance and spends week after week proudly declaring that Jesus is a poisonwood tree.



* OurNudityIsDifferent: Played for DeliberateValuesDissonance. Kilanga women hide their legs under long skirts and think nothing of going topless. Nathan is shocked by their indecency; the Kilanga are similarly shocked by Mrs. Price wearing ''pants''.

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* OurNudityIsDifferent: Played for DeliberateValuesDissonance. Kilanga women hide their legs under long skirts and think nothing of going topless. Nathan is shocked by their indecency; the Kilanga are similarly shocked by Mrs. Price wearing ''pants''. Juxtapose this with her [[TheGhost unseen and barely described]] father, whose habit of walking outdoors naked is tied to his "senile dementia."



** It pretty much defines Orleanna's life after [[spoiler: Ruth May]] dies.
* SwitchingPOV

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** It pretty much defines Orleanna's life after [[spoiler: Ruth May]] dies.
dies; and even Adah wonders why it had to be [[spoiler: Ruth May]] rather than herself.
* SwitchingPOVSwitchingPOV: Between the women.
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