Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit


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Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

  1. 1. Oranges are not the only fruit<br />Jeanette Winterson<br />
  2. 2. Jeanette Winterson<br />She was born in Manchester<br />Adopted by a Pentecostal family<br />She was a normal girl in a middle class society<br />She wasn’t encouraged to pursue any academic career<br />She family only had 6 in the bible – one being the Bible<br />Her parents intended for her to be a missionary<br />Luckily, she got into Oxford and studied English<br />Her first novel was written in 1983 and was published in 1985.<br />
  3. 3. Oranges<br />Oranges was published in 1985<br />It was perceived as a novel about the universal ‘rite of passage’ talking about the experiences of growing up and finding your own identity<br />It includes typical confrontation between the younger and older generation<br />Allusions such as greek mythology, biblical figures and events, artists, poets, music and historical figures are incorporated in the novel<br />Oranges deals with issues such as; Tolerance Vs. Acceptance, Definition of what is morally good, Authority & Undermining stereotypical representations of women, and specifically of lesbian sexuality<br />
  4. 4. Chapter 1: Genesis<br />Jeanette is the focal character in the book. She is the person telling her story to the audience<br />We find out that Jeanette is actually adopted, linking in with the authors actual life<br />There is first a description on the first page describing Jeanette&apos;s mother:<br />She is traditional<br />Believes in values<br />Her ideas are black and white<br />It is clear to see she is religious as she uses references such as ‘God’ and ‘The Devil’ at the beginning of the novel<br />
  5. 5. Genesis;<br />The biblical book of Genesis describes the beginnings of the world, man, and the tribes of Israel. Likewise, Winterson&apos;s chapter also tells of Jeanette&apos;s beginnings, describing Jeanette, her placement in her family, and her unique family life.<br />Other religious references dominate this chapter. Winterson describes Jeanette&apos;s adoption with imagery and language from the New Testament. Jeanette&apos;s mother, who disagrees with sex, sees the adoption almost as a perfect conception because she received a child without having sex. <br />Because of her mother&apos;s propaganda, Jeanette herself reports that from a very young age she always knew that she was special. Ironically, this specialness most obviously relates to her future as a lesbian, a group often categorized as &quot;special,&quot; rather than as a Christlike figure whom she may also become.<br />
  6. 6. Narrative;<br />The movement of the narrative seems to follow the way of the narrator&apos;s consciousness as she remembers. Among Jeanette&apos;s remembrances, there suddenly appears the fable about the princess and the hunchback.<br />A careful analysis of the princess/hunchback story reveals that it is actually a retelling of what happens in Jeanette&apos;s world. The princess is so sensitive that she cannot function, but after the hunchback gives the princess something to occupy her hours the princess forgets her pain. <br />Likewise, Jeanette finds something to save her from distress at a young age: her mother&apos;s religion.<br />
  7. 7. Quotes;<br />“She had never heard of mixed feelings. There were friends and there were enemies.”<br />This backs up the fact that her mother is back and white about her opinions, reflecting her extreme nature.<br />Her mother isn’t very sympathetic and does not show her emotions<br />The description lays the backdrop for the future conflict that Jeanette will have with her mother personality<br />
  8. 8. Quotes;<br />“And so it was that on a particular day, some times later, she followed a star until it came to settle above an orphanage, and in that place was a crib, and in that crib, a child. A child with too much hair.”<br />This is a biblical reference, like the nativity story<br />It shows her mother was already disappointed in her daughter by having too much hair<br />Jeanette&apos;s adoption is described in the terms that compare her to Jesus Christ<br />