Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Study Guide

Jeanette Winterson

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Jeanette, “Genesis” cannot recall a time when I did not know that I was special. Sources: The British Council, The Guardian, The Paris Review Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego Like these biblical figures, Jeanette suffers for her beliefs. In her fantasies, Jeanette uses pebbles as weapons and charms. Pebbles Oranges Oranges represent the intolerant worldview of Jeanette’s mother. Motifs Main Ideas Themes Symbols Jeanette’s Mother Woman whose extreme beliefs have no middle ground; condemns and discards her daughter as a “heathen” when Jeanette’s homosexuality is revealed Melanie Jeanette’s first lover; cannot go against the status quo and betrays Jeanette by moving on to become a married member of the church Jeanette Sheltered and dominated as a child in a harsh and unforgiving evangelical environment; learns to embrace her own sexuality and attain personal goals Main Characters Winterson resists characterizing Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit as autobiographical, but her experiences in childhood and early adulthood do provide the novel’s key plot points. Since escaping from the fundamentalist environment in which she was raised, Winterson has written several critically acclaimed novels. JEANETTE WINTERSONBORN 1959 Author Cast out of her church and home, Jeanette makes her own way slowly but surely. Standing Strong As a teen, Jeanette finds happiness in forbidden romances with women. First Taste of Freedom Jeanette is adopted and groomed from childhood to be a Christian missionary. Religious Zealotry Adopted by a controlling woman and raised in a fundamentalist church, Jeanette is indoctrinated as a child. She cannot figure out how to fit into the world once she starts school. Nor can she understand why the love she has for women as a teen is unacceptable to her church and mother. Finding Faith in Herself OVERVIEW English Original Language 1985 Year Published Jeanette Winterson Author Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Fiction Novel

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