Letters About Literature 2017 Level 3 Winner: Isabel Hu



dear mrs. Kingsolver throughout my entire life I've imagined myself as a lonesome mountain climber trekking many times struggling inch by inch of the testing mountain of life and aspirations there are days when I hiked the mountain with extreme east where the barely inclined surface is a smooth slab of rock and there are days where a flood of rain and thunder cruelly quake the jagged earth beneath my feet knocking me down every time I attempt to stand bruising me to the point that I would consider to give up my dreams of reaching a peak and slide back down to the foot of the mountain to live a normal average life my mountain has made me a rugged survivor hardworking and determined however after reading The Poisonwood Bible you made me realize that I would not be where I am today without their struggles and assistance from another Mountaineer Nathan price disgusted me though I knew he was a necessary character his outrages his defiance and his judgments towards his family and the Congo natives were almost inhumane the only thing I respected was his determination to reach his goals I don't think he ever understood or appreciated the sacrifices that were Liana and his daughters made for him to reach his intentions of converting the natives in Congo to his religion however I began to widen my eyes when I myself began to see similarities between Nathan and me I don't think Nathan ever each the top of his Mountain his mountain like mine contained thousands of impassable boulders and slippery pebbles like me he didn't realize that he was not the only one climbing a mountain or Liana and his children were behind him constantly supporting him during his hardships however the only difference is that their support was shown more by fears and love how the price children didn't sell out their mother for teaching Methuselah to curse the way Nathan treated or Liana when she tried to leave he ate the pain from his poison stings in the way or Liana crumbled when Nathan crushed her plate after the dinner with Anatole were all evidence of their support through fear who was Nathan without his family he was untrustworthiness and unwanted control Nathan knew the support from his wife and daughters to seem more convincing in to the natives yet he had taken his family for granted and they left him alone to climb is now impossible mountain his cruelty was unwarranted and because of his controlling and close-minded character he lost his supporters and was never able to reach his goal in the past I struggled with the pressures weighed on me in school art and swim I was Nathan continuously unsatisfied with my progress pushing my supporters away thinking I could do things myself my greatest supporter my mother struggled with my sleep deprived in exhausted behavior and sacrificed so much so that I could be a little happier I never had the appreciation of the opportunities that I received from my mother but after reading about the press woman leaving Nathan in Congo I realized that Nathan deteriorated quickly and began to lose his grip in slide then I began to question myself who was I without my mother without her love and support I too would lose my grasp on the rocks and take mini Falls she knows that I'm still not physically and mentally strong enough to make the progress that I want to see for myself after reading her book I was ashamed of myself of not realising beforehand why I am here today you made me see through a new perspective on the helpful people and things I took for granted in my life before reading The Poisonwood Bible I was completely oblivious to the actions of my mother and unresponsive towards her assistance though I loved her very much I didn't necessarily understand or appreciate her support I had always thought I was climbing my own mountain by myself then I see that my mother has always been behind my back pushing me up the slopes that were too deep encouraging me to keep going when I wanted to slide down with her who made me a rigid survivor hard-working determined she has struggled and sacrificed many things for me so that I could one day to the top of my Mountain hold my hands up high in the air and look down and smile at my feet through Nathan's character I was able to appreciate and love my mother much more and understand that I should never take things in life for granted for that I could never thank you enough since really Isabeau who

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