What concept of justice does each member of the Price family and other characters in The Poisonwood Bible hold? At Bikoki Station, in 1965, Leah reflects, "I still know what justice is." Does she?

Leah still knows justice because she has maintained the same conception of justice throughout the novel. To her, justice means freedom from interference and the ability to stand up and make choices for oneself. These concepts are a vital part of Leah’s identity throughout the novel, so when she says that she “still know[s] what justice is,” the operative word is “still.”

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Leah’s concept of justice is practical and political. Her ideals at Bikoki Station are mostly centred around the Congolese people being free of US interference. When she was a child, Leah fought for permission to hunt with the men, and then had to fight again when they tried to stop her from taking her fair share of the kill. For Leah, autonomy and self-determination are necessary for justice. The full sentence of the quote is: “I don’t have much left of my childhood beliefs I can love or trust, but I still know what justice is,” referring to how Leah abandoned the fundamentalist Christian beliefs drilled into her by her father and has maintained only her sense of justice throughout her life.
Leah’s twin sister, Adah Price, develops a more holistic and philosophical idea of justice. Adah has survived childhood trauma, including before birth, and her conception of justice as a child is cynical, at times almost cruel. But after her mother chooses to save her and escape, Adah...

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