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In the Poisonwood Bible, the second biggest factor in Leah Price’s struggle for independence from her father and her religion is the culture of both Kilanga and Bethlehem. During the reader’s short scene of her time in Bethlehem they could infer that she is being surrounded with a immensely Christian culture. The normal preacher’s child spending every free minute at a church affiliation. As a young girl Leah is being forced into this lifestyle early on and she doesn’t really have a choice in her beliefs since her father is a preacher. Kingsolver uses this to show the reader why Leah will have an open mind to the Congoculture because she is old enough to understand that she has a choice. Kingsolver also uses the fact that her father is pushing …show more content…
This could also continue along with Leah in the end of novel when she breaks for independence from her father’s control to help the people with what they need and assist them in getting what they want with which is their human rights. Leah is looking at both sides of the scenario and is agreeing with “The Black Man’s Burden” by Reverend H.T. Johnson where he states “Better by far defend it/With honors holy breath.” Reverend Johnson is saying he doesn’t need the white man’s saving just like the Congolese don’t need Nathan’s saving. The Congolese just want assist from the people that actually care for them and this is where Leah comes in. She fights for their culture and cares about their independence because that’s what they want. Kingsolver uses the different cultures of the Congo and America is symbolize Leah’s psychological …show more content…
She changes from relying so heavily on her family to do stuff for her to completely flipping roles and becomes independent. She uses this newfound independence to find her purpose in life which is to help the people of the Congo and even all of Africa to push for their human rights. Kingsolver uses geographical, cultural, and the physical presence of others in Leah’s life to showcase her newfound

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