Barbara Kingsolver American Literature Analysis
Kingsolver has always been a storyteller with an urgent need to share her deeply felt beliefs. She strives to reach an audience that includes both the well-and less-educated, challenging the former without alienating the latter. Kingsolver’s empathy for all people and a lively sense of humor keep her books relevant to contemporary life. Ordinary middle-class people narrate her stories, which incorporate current political and social issues. She creates spunky characters in colorfully rendered landscapes. The major characters of her novels The Bean Trees, Animal Dreams, Pigs in Heaven, The Poisonwood Bible, and Prodigal Summer are women struggling to make places for themselves. They consider new circumstances and ideas with courage and humor, developing a moral sensibility that helps them to progress. These ordinary women express a feminist perspective championing self-determination, commitment to family and community, and a desire to change the world with compassion.
Kingsolver’s upbringing focused on southern traditions of community. Her search for a sense of belonging and mutual support in other geographic locations informs her life as well as her writing. She grows most of her own vegetables and buys only local produce to support her belief in ecologically responsible life and consumerism.
She did not know much about her Cherokee ancestry but has discovered a congenial sense of family and...
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