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Zane Allred2ndBeth-lehem, Moab, and a Northern England Village:Oranges Are Not the Only Fruitas the antithesis toRuthThe last chapter ofOranges Are Not the Only Fruitby Jeanette Winterson is titled Ruth, after thebible chapter; in this we find our main character Jeanette visiting her adoptive mother after an unknownperiod of time having been a runaway, seemingly not being able to let go this mutually infectiousrelationship. Every chapter of this book is titled synonymously with one in the bible and all can revealsomething new, however, Ruth in particular gives away a deeper understanding of the story thatWinterson uses to critique aspects of organized religion as a whole.To understand how Winterson does this we need to take a brief look atRuth.InRuth, a youngMoabitess (one who lived in the city of Moab), Ruth, chooses to move to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law after both had been widowed, and eventually marries a rich man related to her “mother”after servingin his fields for a short time. The story is meant to show a bit about the time’s way of doing things, and toteach reader’s to uphold the values of Ruth who is selfless, truthful, and brave in her love. This is highlysimilar to our other main character, Jeanette, who spends much of the early book trying to warn her peersof sin and ends up in the office after “hav[ing] been talking about Hell to young minds”(page 44) whichshows her own selflessness. We also see many signs of her truthfulness, in telling her Mother of herfeelings for Melanie, in proclaiming it in front of the entire congregation, “I love her. ‘Then you do notlove the Lord.’ Yes, I love both of them.”(page 105.) And of course, Jeanette can also be seen as beingbrave in her love through that same quotation, and in eventually running from home when her love and

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Term
Fall
Professor
Logan Froerer
Tags
Literature, Essay, Analysis, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson, Jeanette, Ruth, Book of Ruth, Moab, OaNtOF

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