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									The Poisonwood Bible

      Pages 50-68




           Geschke/English IV
      The Poisonwood Bible, 50-68
   Changing the Status Quo
• ―Rachel was Miss Priss and now she is a freak
  of nature. Used to be, Adah was the only one
  of us in our family with something wrong with
  her. But here nobody stares at Adah except
  just a little because she‘s white. Nobody cares
  that she‘s bad on one whole side because
  they‘ve all got their own handicap children or
  a mama with no feet, or their eye put out.‖
  (53)
                       Geschke/English IV
                  The Poisonwood Bible, 50-68
   Changing the Status Quo
• A different world
  – Significance?
  – Predictions?




                      Geschke/English IV
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           Different Beliefs
• ―‗Well, here in Africa that temple has to do a
  hateful lot of work in a day.‘ She said, ‗Why,
  Nathan, here they have to use their bodies
  like we use things at home—like your clothes
  or your garden tools or something. Where
  you‘d be wearing out the knees of your
  trousers, sir, they just have to go ahead and
  wear out their knees!‘‖ (53)

                       Geschke/English IV
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           Different Beliefs
• Orleanna is described as ―talking back‖ to
  Nathan
  – Predictions?
     • Independence?
     • Breaking away?




                       Geschke/English IV
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             Suspicious?
• ―He (Nathan) said, ‗Orleanna, the human body
  is a sight more precious than a pair of khaki
  trousers from Sears and Roebuck. I‘d expect
  you to comprehend the difference.‘
      Then he looked at her with his one eye
  turned mean and said, ‗You of all people.‘‖
  (54)
   – Predictions?

                      Geschke/English IV
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             Leah and Adah
• Classified as gifted
• When Adah finishes ―reading a book from
  front to back, I read it back to front. It is a
  different book, back to front, and you can
  learn new things from it.‖ (57)




                        Geschke/English IV
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             The Downpour
• The tremendous storm floods and destroys
  the garden
• Nathan recreates the garden, following the
  advice of Mama Tataba to add hills.
   – Change
      • Nathan is realizing that Africa is not the
        same as America

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               The Parrot
• Methuselah the parrot repeats the word
  ―damn.‖
• The girls are punished for it.
• Orleanna, however, is the one who said it.
• The girls protect her.
• Why?


                      Geschke/English IV
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               Protection
• ―But none of us could let him in on that awful
  secret. Not even me—and I know I‘m the one
  to turn my back on her the most.
      Once in a great while we just have to
  protect her. Even back when we were very
  young I remember running to throw my arm
  around Mother‘s knees when he regaled her
  with words and worse, for curtains unclosed
  or slips showing—the sins of womanhood.‖
  (68)              Geschke/English IV
                 The Poisonwood Bible, 50-68
              Protection

• Do the women need protection from Nathan?




                    Geschke/English IV
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