Tyler Barton Mrs. Carter AP Lit and Comp 3/6/14
Narrative Structure The poisonwood bible is broken up into many different points of view of each female family member sharing a unique perspective of their struggles in the Congo..
The novel also does not have a literary protagonist like most. It also takes place in the struggle of the Congo, meaning the price family is with little help from the outside world.
The ability to see each female’s interoperation of Nathan allows us as readers to
form a more full understanding of Nathan. Each female describes or views their dad or husband slightly differently and these views change throughout. Each perspective allows the reader to build on what each character shares to form a more developed plot as well as gather multiple views of each character. This unusual structure of writing allows for many different points of views but also creates some repetition the progression of the plot as well as a back and forth feeling of time. Most novels have one or two lead characters that guide the reader through the story but unlike traditionally structured novels The Posioinwood Bible chooses to narrate through the female voices and thoughts. This loss in protagonist make it hard to know which voice to really base your opinion on. As well as creates an interesting ability to choose a character you seem to connect with most and can relate to. This different structure of writing drew some readers in but at the same time made it harder for some to follow.