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Oranges are Not the Only Fruit In the beginning of the novel, Jeanette takes an orange when she is feeling upset or confused. The bright, safe fruit serves as a safety blanket. On page 24 she takes the orange to eat after fearing that she may be going deaf. She knows that she can trust the orange in this world that is slowly changing around her, and the ideals and taste of the orange will remain the same. On page 26 Jeanette’s mother offers an orange to comfort her and does the same on page 27. They are familiar tastes and experiences that serve as a reminder that everything will go on, and the oranges will still smell and taste the same, like her life will continue and remain normal. Oranges represent a kind of safe normalcy that Jeanette’s mother needs. On page 29, she references oranges as the only fruit. Jeanette’s mother is a very conservative, fundamentalist Christian, and her religious beliefs dictate her personal life and ethics. Just as she believes in only one correct way to
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  • Spring '09
  • Fruit
  • Evangelicalism, Jeanette, Fundamentalist Christianity

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