In The Poisonwood Bible, what does Leah discover about her view of her father?

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At the beginning of the novel, Leah adores her father and is a strong advocate of his cause.  She follows him around, wanting to help, and strives in all that she does to get his praise and approval.  Out of all of the children, she is on his side, and on his team.

However, once they move to the Congo, it doesn't take her long to realize how foolish and out of touch he really is; she realizes that he is a stubborn, ridiculous man whose narrow viewpoint is limiting and insulting.  One incident that points this out to her is when he is trying to plant a garden; the African natives point out to him that he needs to plant them up on mounds to be able to succeed.  Rather than listen to them, he does it his way, to the detriment of the plants.  They all die.  If he had listened, they would have survived.   Leah realized at that point how stubborn is father was, and how prideful.  She realized that he wasn't all-knowing and wise; he fell from the pedestal that she had placed him on.  This was the beginning of her turning from him. By the end of their stay, she has completely turned against him, and allied with the natives and their cause.

I hope that helped; good luck!

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