LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Poisonwood Bible, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
Freedom, Growth, and Coming-of-age
Religion and Faith
Women and Sexism
Race, Racism, and Culture
It is June 13th, 1960—Independence Day for the Congo. On this same day, Adah follows a trail of feathers and realizes that Methuselah has been “freed” from his cage and eaten by some kind of predatory animal.
Methuselah’s “liberation” from his cage has an obvious symbolic resonance: it suggests the Congo’s struggle for freedom, and how liberation and tragedy are often closely linked.