Themes of Poisonwood

Themes of Poisonwood
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  • Innocence
  • Guilt
  • Cultural Differences
  • Ruth May peeps into the windows to try and see Nelson naked. This moment is showing how her age is a time of curiosity and how she loses a bit of her innocence in this moment.
  • Freedom
  • Guilt is a strong feeling and as Ruth May and her mother are laid down almost as if they are dead there are great washes of guilt that come over the mother and Rachel as well, because she has to step into her mother's shoes while she is unable.
  • Gender Roles
  • The moment of ignorance the Price family has about the Congolese culture is most relevant when there is talk of the uses of water and the distances that is widely known by all the natives. However, the Price family struggles with this idea because they have never worried about this type of issue in America.
  • Regional Differences
  • Methuselah, when he is freed is a prime example of how freedom is not always what is best, because he ends up dying. Also, when the Congolese people are given their independence, there is a lot of death that is to follow for the whites involved.
  • The idea of Leah going on the hunt was absurd to everyone in the village, especially her father. The village people even had a vote on it. Women are seen as objects meant to stay at home so Leah's rebellious tendencies are unheard of.
  • After everything in the Congo, the Price women experience Georgia again and all of the differences are very apparent. From the running water, to the working bathrooms, and  also the surpluses of food.
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