What are You Studying? Ask Question Novelguide Rooms. Breadcrumb Home The Poisonwood Bible. Summary: The Rev. Price begins planting a demonstration garden outside the Price home. Leah helps him cultivate the ground and plant the seeds. Mama Bekwa Tataba, a native woman hired to work at the house by the previous missionary, the Catholic priest Brother Fowles, insists that Nathan and Leah are going about their task all wrong, and overnight, unbeknownst to them, she reshapes the soil of their garden into burial mound-like hills, as she had told the Prices to do.
This chapter highlights interesting comparisons and contrasts between Nathan Price and Mama Bekwa Tataba. Kingsolver seems to be setting the characters up as different models of parental authority.
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Most strikingly, both characters have one good eye and one bad. Yet the Rev. Price and Mama Tataba see the world around them quite differently: he sees it as a sinful wilderness to be subjugated and struggled against; she sees it, simply, as what it is, and knows how to live in harmony with it. Price will be. Such passages do not sound as though they describe a healthy father-daughter relationship. She sees her father as all-seeing, all-wise, all-loving and all-powerful.
Surely, although Nathan is no doubt as much an admixture of good and bad as any mortal, Leah does not see her father as he truly is. Readers cannot help but fear a disillusionment will come in time. Summary: In need of something to galvanize his congregation, the Rev. He designs an Easter pageant, but very few people attend—mostly his own family and the men acting the parts of the Roman soldiers.
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He lures a larger crowd to the shores of the Kwilu River with a picnic of fried chicken prepared by Orleanna; but the event does not turn into the impressive scene of mass baptism for which he had hoped. The Rev. Other missionaries, presumably eager to contextualize the Christian faith for those with whom they minister, might embrace such opportunities to accommodate their practice to a native population.
Nathan, however, seems able to do only so much, to go only so far. He moves the date of Easter, but he insists upon celebrating it in cultural forms relevant only to his Western, Southern Baptist experience. Yet how could they be other than African, about the pageant or about anything else? Notably, Rachel says that Mrs. Price had planned. What Rachel, in describing the counterfeit Easter Sunday, cannot see is indications of how God may be at work. Rachel speaks of the rich, diverse menu of foods prepared in the village—even if it does include such exotic dishes as monkey!
Nathan Price and Rachel do not seem to share that attitude. In their insistence upon clinging to irrelevant cultural forms, in their failure to recognize how God might be at work around them and, perhaps, even despite through them , they are already failing in the work they have come to Africa to do. Although the Rev.
She points out that the villagers lead a hard life and must work with their bodies, rather than with tools.
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Perhaps, she suggests, the Kilangans view their bodies simply as Westerners view work clothes. Analysis: This chapter revists and explores further the different attitude toward the body clearly evident in Kilanga. This matter-of-factness reminds readers of the bare-chested women who greeted the Prices at the church dinner upon their arrival in the village; it reinforces the idea that, for the Kilangans, the human body is natural and innocent.
Mama Mwanza must continue to care for herself, her husband, and her many children; in other words, life goes on for the villagers, physical hardship notwithstanding. The only people who attract attention because of physical attributes, Ruth notices, are the Prices, because they are white.
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Kingsolver has already shown interest in the biblical metaphor of the kingdom of God, in which status roles are radically reversed; while the present chapter does not explicitly invoke the language of the kingdom, as other chapters have, it still develops that theme. Again, we see how the Prices may be becoming signs of the coming kingdom that Nathan preaches in spite of themselves!
The Kilangans, in other words, can identify with Adah, because Adah is not physically whole—a status that is the norm in the village. Readers do not know, at this point, to what Nathan is referring. Score: 3. Facebook share Twitter WhatsApp. Day 3: Object observations: SCP underwent no furnishing alterations. Miscellaneous observations: The sound of crying emanating from SCP was reported by both subjects at around PM.
Subject D slammed his fist against the door of SCP, and the crying ceased. Day 8: Object observations: SCP underwent no furnishing alterations. Miscellaneous observations: Subject D attempted to break down the door to SCP, despite the fact that the door was unlocked. Subject was restrained by security personnel before the door could be breached. Upon questioning, D reported no anomalous observations other than a violent compulsion directed toward SCP Day Object observations: A hole, approximately 12 centimeters in diameter, appeared in the east wall of SCP The hole appeared to have been created through the application of blunt force.
This is the first recorded instance in which the structural constitution of SCP itself has been altered. Day Object observations: The child-sized bed within SCP disappeared and was replaced by a synthetic dark blue sleeping bag. Day Object observations: SCP underwent no anomalous furnishing alterations. Miscellaneous observations: Subject D entered SCP and systematically destroyed the contents of the room. This included cutting through the sleeping bag and much of the present clothing with scissors, snapping the bedpan in half, and creating several more holes in the walls.
Subject was detained by security personnel and promptly terminated. Subject D was delivered class A amnestics and reassigned, and the experiment was prematurely concluded. All signs of activity within SCP, including damage made to the walls of SCP, disappeared the following day. Subjects: Dr. Lavinson volunteered to activate a Transposition Event for research purposes. Morris, assistant researcher of SCPB, agreed to partake in the process.
Day 1: Object observations: SCP became furnished with pink wallpaper and purple carpeting. Lavinson and Dr. Morris at around am. Lavinson entered SCP, causing the crying to cease. A two-story dollhouse containing four plastic female dolls appeared in the front right corner of SCP Miscellaneous observations: Dr.
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Lavinson heard laughter emanating from SCP for most of the day. No anomalous auditory phenomena were detected by Dr. Morris or any other personnel. Day 5: Object observations: A wooden rocking horse and a nightlight in the shape of a heart both appeared within SCP Lavinson spent the entirety of the day within SCP Lavinson talking in a jovial manner to a nonexistent entity. Attempts to persuade Dr. Lavinson to leave SCP were unsuccessful. Lavinson by force. Lavinson displayed uncharacteristically violent behavior, incapacitating one agent and forcefully removing the other from SCP before barricading the door presumably with the bookshelf and the dresser drawer.
Lavinson could be heard singing various lullabies up until am, the time of the sixth Transposition Shift, at which time all noise from within SCP ceased. Day 6: Object observations: The bookshelf and dresser drawer within SCP had returned to their original positions. No other changes were observed. Miscellaneous observations: No signs of Dr.
Lavinson were found within SCP The walls and windows of SCP were unbroken, making an escape through normal means impossible. Experimentation on SCP was permanently halted, and Dr. Morris was removed from the premises and promptly reassigned. Morris reported hearing the sounds of muffled speech and laughter at approximately AM within her place of residence. The following morning, Dr. Morris found a note written on lined paper at the foot of her bed. The contents of said note are as follows:. Sorry to disturb you. She just wanted to see what you looked like.
She never believed me when I told her how much she looked like you. I wish you were able to see her, she would have loved that so much, and I think you would have too.