The Poisonwood Bible Questions and Answers
by Barbara Kingsolver

Start Your Free Trial

How does Kingsolver present the double themes of captivity and freedom and of love and betrayal in The Poisonwood Bible?

Expert Answers info

Dakota Rabbitt eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseProfessional Writer

bookB.A. from Colby College


calendarEducator since 2019

write295 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

In Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, two major double themes are presented: captivity and freedom, and love and betrayal. The narrative centers around the Price family, missionaries from the state of Georgia in the United States, who move to Kilanga, a village in the Congo near the Kwilu River.

In the Congo, there is significant political unrest, as both the United States and Belgium have attempted to colonize or succeeded in colonizing the African country. This strips the Congolese of their freedom, as they feel like captives in their own country who have fallen victim to control of Europeans and Americans.

Another way the double theme of captivity and freedom manifests is within the dynamics of the Price family. The father, Nathan, is in charge of his family of women, and he removes the freedom of both his wife and his daughters when he alone decides to move to the Congo and when he requires the daughters to abide by his religious preferences. The women within the Price family...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 883 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Lauren Miller eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write208 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

lynnebh eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write1,203 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial