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Compare and contrast how the authors of oranges are not the only fruit and the colour purple explore the journey from the religious back to the spiritual.

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Melissa Ann Willcocks The Colour Purple and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit Compare and contrast how the authors of oranges are not the only fruit and the colour purple explore the journey from the religious back to the spiritual. One of the first things you notice about the way in which the two novels are introduced to us is that they are both written in the 1st person narrative, which proves how the reader is totally engaged with the central characters Jeanette and Celie right from the very start. Although the two novel are set around similar themes the moods of the two novels r completely different. The two authors seem to have a completely different views and alternating religious beliefs which account for the main characters differences in their situations. The colour purple is all about Celies survival and struggle contend with problems of racism, sexism and opression of poverty. We also see Celies innocent attempts to cope with and deal with the abuse she suffers. The theme of homosexuality in the colour purple is what sets Celie free. ...read more.


The narrative in both novels help to portray the suffering that is caused and how they overcome their struggle. In the opening paragraph to Oranges are not the only fruit emphasis the "normality" of Jeanettes life "I lived for a long time with my mother and father" This quote also suggests that things have altered in her life, and evidence to prove there will be conflict between her and her mother throughout the novel. All through the novel her mother remains shut off to us not showing us her inner thoughts or feelings. Jeanette's mother seems she is the wrestler constantly fighting battles from the beginning of the novel. In both novels there are strong female characters who influence the main characters to carry out their journey and help them in the process of finding their inner self. After being felt rejected by her mother it is clear that the introduction of Elsie has a positive impact on Jeanettes life. Even thought the character of Elsie is structured and her life in the novel consists of a daily routine, praying once in the morning at 7am and then again in the evening at 7pm her character is ...read more.


She seems fascinated by some of the things on view in Elsies house which includes a collage of Noahs Ark this offered her a sense of colour and creativity towards life, where she was only ever seeing a black and white preview of things from the way in which her mother presented life towards her. When it comes to female impacts on Celies life not only does Shug have a huge part to play in Celies life changing performance but Nettie also shows her things and help her get along making her felt wanted. She teaches her how to read, and helps her stick up for herself helping her to get by and come across what life threw at her. Her freedom of spirit is illustrated when she finally leaves Mr to enter into " her creation" a natural paradise with Shug Avery through her new found love she has found a new voice and asserted her identity and by doing so she begins to free others by entering into her own business shows that may be free wherever in the world and how difficult their situation makes out to be. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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