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Conflicts in the Poisonwood Bible

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Transcript of Conflicts in the Poisonwood Bible

Conflicts and Violence in the Poisonwood Bible
Types of Conflicts found in the Poisonwood Bible
Man vs. Nature




Man vs. Man





Man vs. Nature
From Bethlehem to the Congo.
Life is different in the Congo and the Price family has to get used to it.
- Nathan Price - "Where we are headed, not so much as a Piggly Wiggly."(Kingsolver 13)
There are many dangerous animals in the Congo.
weather in the Congo.
Man vs. Man
Nathan Price vs. The family
- Nathan - "If there's anything to be learned from this, it's about the stink and taint of original sin. I expect you'd better think about this that while you do The Verse."(Kingsolver 67)
The Price sisters have conflicts with each other
Background Information
The Price family moves from Bethlehem,Georgia to the Belgian Congo in 1959.
They were supposed to stay in the Congo for only 12 months.
The original intention of the trip was to spread christianity in Kilanga.
The mission is unsuccessful in the end and the Price family faces a variety of conflicts.
Man vs. Self

Man vs. Himself
Adah and her disabilities.
Works Cited
Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel. New York: HarperFlamingo, 1998. Print.
- Adah - “I am losing my slant… I was unprepared to accept that my whole sense of Adah was founded on a misunderstanding between my body and brain. ”(Kingsolver 439)
Types of Conflicts Cont.
Man vs. Society
Man vs. Society
Nathan Price vs. Kilanga
-The villagers do not believe what he has to say about god.
Price Family vs. Kilanga
-Ever since they arrived at Kilanga, they were not accepted by all the villagers because they were white.
Violence is created by certain conflicts in the novel
Some of the important scenes in the novel contain violence
The Price family experiences violence from some of the villagers due to conflicts with them.
Example of Violence against the Price Family

Ruth May dies from a green mamba snake but the snake was placed in the Price's chicken coop by Tata Kuvudundu.
Another Instance of Violence
The hunt in which the villagers and Leah is violent but what happens after it is finished is also violent.
At the end of the hunt, people are claiming their kills. Leah claims that she killed one of the Impala's but the son of Tata Ndu (Gbenye) starts arguing with her.
Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading between the Lines. Revised Edition ed. New York: Quill, 2003. Print.
Background Information
Price Family
- Father: Nathan Price
- Mother: Orleanna
- Price Sisters:
-Rachel
-Leah
-Adah
-Ruth May
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