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What is the author's style in The Posionwood Bible?Can you give examples of that style?

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kealani94 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 15, 2010 at 3:32 AM via web

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What is the author's style in The Posionwood Bible?

Can you give examples of that style?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:40 AM (Answer #1)

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In The Poisonwood Bible, the most prominent aspects of style employed by Kingsolver are the manipulations in narrative voice.  Each chapter in the novel is told by one of five characters:  Orleanna Price, Leah, Adah, Rachel, and Ruth May.  Kingsolver develops a unique voice for each one by using specific diction, syntax, and changes in grammar.  For example, Adah is very perceptive and intelligent, so Kingsolver uses this trait in the development of Adah's voice.  Adah says, "To amuse my depraved Ada self during homework time I wrote down that quote from memory on a small triangular piece of paper and passed it to Leah. . . ."  Adah's use of language suggests her perceptive nature.  Kingsolver does this for the other four narrators as well, and this is a prominent feature in her writing style.

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