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Adah Price the Embodiment of Congo She says she spent thirty years waiting for the wisdom and maturity to dare write this book Never has such patience been more rewardedForster 3 Yes Barbara Kingsolver has every right to thirty years of contemplation before attempting to create such a complex political novel as The Poisonwood Bible and yes never has such patience been more rewarded for the novel has opened the eyes of citizens and politicians alike It is a novel predominantly about the Congoabout what first the Belgians then the Americans have done to it and what better way to portray such views than through the embodiment of the Congo through a child 1 The childs name is Adah Price and she represents the Congo before and after the influence of America Why did Kingsolver choose a child to represent this nation Simple she chose a child because a child can be molded while in youth but as maturity comes so does the realization of the effects of such molding and the decision of whether such molding is good or evil Adah Price is the perfect embodiment of a developing nation vulnerable to foreign influence in Barbara Kingsolvers The Poisonwood Bible In the beginning of the novel Adah describes herself as a handicapped child My right side drags I was born with half my brain dried up like a pruneKingsolver 33 The condition she has is called hemiplegia and as a result she is presumed to be deaf or feeble-minded33 However Adahs condition has allowed her to have a different McMillan 2 perception on life She establishes an individual character unmatched by anyone in the novel The only match can be seen in the Congo for the Congos perception on life also differs from surrounding countries due to its condition Rachel her younger sister explains that Used to be Adah was the only one of us in our family with something wrong with her
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