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Running Head:TMA 021Your NameProfessor NameSubject CodeApril 22, 2020Beloved & Oranges Are Not The Only FruitThe novel Orange is not the only fruit was written by Jeanette Winterson who received a BA in Englishfrom the prestigious Oxford University. Jeanette’s work was focused on her activism as she was ablack lesbian. Her work challenged powerful ideologies such as gender identity and sexual orientation.Orange is not the only fruit is similar to an autobiography but it is somewhat different as it includes thewriter’s experiences but also tells a generic story of a young girl who juggles with her sexuality andquestions it against the norms of the society.Jeanette as a writer tells this story of her life brilliantly as it starts with a girl who is taught religiousvalues and these values are instilled inside her since she is a child. This shows how the religiousideology dominates the early childhood of many men and women who are not wired to understand orimplement the strictness of sexuality that is imposed by religion. Jeanette struggles with her sexualityin her early childhood and it is shown how much of problem homosexuality is in her community. Acommunity whose beliefs are based upon the values which are instilled through religion. The novelportrays the hostility towards any change in the religious ideology by using the words “unnatural” and“deviant”. There’s a point in the novel where the church tries to exorcise Jeanette as they think that sheis “possessed” by demons. It is these negative connotations that the church easily attaches to anychange it does not understand that this novel expertly implies. Demonizing a person literally due totheir sexual orientation. The problem stems from the church trying to fix something that is inherent and
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