The Poisonwood Bible Themes & Symbolism

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Race

Race plays an important part in the novel The Poisonwood Bible. It is central to understanding the dynamics of the events at the national level and in the village of Kilanga between the villagers and the Prices. The tension between blacks and whites within the novel creates a certain degree of suspense over the possibility of violence. The narrative also explores the dynamics of the various relationships between the black villagers and the white missionary family.

During colonial rule, whites from Belgium control the government of the Congo. The decisions made benefit these individuals while they exploit the native black population. Many of the immigrant whites, including missionaries like the Underdowns and Nathan Price, believe that blacks are inferior because of their skin color and culture. Not surprisingly, blacks resent this and want to control their own country and destinies.

In Kilanga, race is also an issue...

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