Adah feels inadequate and inferior to her twin because others see her as “the white little crooked girl” (135) and Leah is “perfect.” (34) Leah is portrayed as “Goddess of the Hunt,” (62) while Adah is “Quasimodo” (62).
Adah fights against this image of herself as the defective version of Leah by working to develop her mind where her body is weak.
The Power of Poisonwood Power is a latent and reoccurring theme in The Poisonwood Bible.
“History is most often told from the point of view of the most powerful,”(Clare) but this novel itself fights this perk of power to give voice to the stories of the powerless and marginalized.
And I do not feel the need to make a pretense of sweetness or gentleness as I confess this.
writes that she herself was "the fortunate child of medical and public-health workers, whose compassion and curiosity led them to the Congo. set me early on a path of exploring the great, shifting terrain between righteousness and what's right." It is easy for , then, to spin such tragic conceits.
Kingsolver is able to tie Adah’s insurrection against her cruel father to the bigger picture of the Congo’s fight against an oppressive ruler.
Throughout the novel, Adah is often compared to her twin sister Leah by herself and others.
is the most successful practitioner of a style in contemporary fiction that might be called Nice Writing.
Nice Writing is a violent affability, a deadly sweetness, a fatal gentle touch.