How The Poisonwood Bible relates to Sociology.

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The Poisonwood Bible Book Critique

Sociology can be defined as the study of human social behavior, especially the study of the origins, organization, institutions, and development of human society. The Poisonwood Bible is a perfect example of this, as a family is forced to leave their home in America, to a small shack in the Congo of Africa. Nathan Price, takes his wife, four daughters, and the mission to the Belgian Congo, where the minister hopes to educate the people there, in believing that his is most definitely the correct faith, or the right thing to believe. As the family struggles to survive and communicate in such a different society, the minister is dead set on changing the beliefs, faith, and ultimately, the people of the Congo.

As a soldier during World War II, Nathan escaped the Battaan Death March, and the almost death that came with it.

Because he escaped the fate of the rest of his battalion he views himself as a coward, despised by God. He vows to never be a coward again, which means he will never leave a dangerous situation behind again. He devotes his entire life to saving as many souls as he can, through his missionary work. His attempt to save unenlightened souls has nothing to do with the well being of those particular souls. But instead, like all others that he undertakes, has as its only goal the well being of his own soul. He is so obsessed with securing his own personal ticket to salvation that he knowingly imperils the lives of his wife and daughters. He is unable to look outside of his own need even for their sakes. It seems that Nathan not only lacks the appropriate level of concern and compassion for his family, but that...