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Compare and contrast the ways both Walker and Winterson present the protagonist experience in 'The Color Purple' and 'Oranges are not the only fruit' respectively.

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Compare and contrast the ways both Walker and Winterson present the protagonist experience in 'The Color Purple' and 'Oranges are not the only fruit' respectively. Both 'The Color Purple' and 'Oranges are not the only Fruit' are novels, which are greatly similar despite being written in different times and different countries. There are some subtle differences, which are underlying in both of the novels, which are discussed further on. Winterson and Walker both write about the liberation of their characters. Winterson seems to focus on the main character, Janette, (using a narrative technique) and this creates an indication that the novel is autobiographical. Walker uses Epistolary technique, which creates a similar feeling to Winterson's autobiographical method, however, Walker's main difference is that her main character, Celie, concentrates on what the other characters are feeling around her. This makes the reader feel as though he or she is entering into Celie's world. These two novels enter homosexuality in completely contrasting ways. ...read more.

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'I should have guessed though, what kind of man comes round to court you, and ends up drinking with your dad instead?' She finally decides that she must keep her 'demon' hidden from others, in order to find the love that her family and the church do not offer to her. Colour references occur frequently in both novels. Walker uses this colour orientation to portray nature. As Celie opens up as a character, she begins to find peace by seeing God in nature, largely due to Shug's views, which she shares with Celie. 'I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.' Incidentally Nettie uses a similar reference when she's in Africa 'So and so is blacker then black, he's blueblack.' This is when Nettie has just arrived in Africa and she is full of hope that Samuel, Corinne, and herself can educate many people who haven't had the chance for a full education. ...read more.

Conclusion

Your mother's is brown which is why she's so odd, and Mrs White's is hardly a demon at all. After her encounter with her demon, Janette accepts her homosexuality, and hides it from her mother and the church. As she explains to the demon 'I'm not getting rid of you, but this is the best way that I can think of.' Unlike Celie, Janette has to come to terms with her homosexuality, as she almost beings to believe that there is some kind of satanic demon inhabiting her body. Celie has no problems with her sexuality, and never seems to agonise over it the way that Janette has to. In conclusion, it seems that although both Walker and Winterson's novels are about the liberation of women both sexually and physically, they both carry the subject matter in different way. I believe this to be largely due to the fact that Winterson wrote her novel in England, after the Second World War. Walker's novel is set about two decades earlier, and in Southern America. Therefore these authors had different views and alternating religious beliefs, which account for the main characters differences in their situations. Word Count: - 896 Natalie Burnett 1 ...read more.

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