In the The Poisonwood Bible, who did Leah most cherish?

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At the beginning of the novel, she truly cherished her father's opinion of her, and strove to gain his favor in all that she did.  This desire to please him quickly fades in Africa though as she sees her father's stubbornness and foolishness in the face of the natives and their customs.  It is at this point that she shifts her focus, and starts wanting to gain acceptance from the local children in the tribe.  She strives to learn their words, their ways, and runs around with them quite a bit, even getting into the culture of the teenage rebellion that occurs.  She cherishes, more than her father's good opinion, acceptance and belonging with the natives in Africa itself.

In the end, she most cherishes Africa and its struggles and people.   When given the choice to leave with her mother or stay, she stayes with Anatole, and starts a life there with him.  She fights the battles of Africa, and becomes a force to reckon with in its history.  She raises children there and becomes part of the issues that impact its society.

I hope that those thoughts helped a bit; good luck!

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