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It is impossible to think about identity without also thinking about difference.(TM) Consider this statement in relation to the Buddha Of Suburbia(TM) by H

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  • Submitted: 23/02/2009
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'It is impossible to think about identity without also thinking about difference.'

Consider this statement in relation to the 'Buddha Of Suburbia' by Hanif Kureishi and 'Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit' by Jeanette Winterson

Identity and Difference are binary opposites, such as gay, and straight, Christian and atheist, boy and girl. It is impossible to think of one without the other, such as measuring ones self identity and uniqueness, the process cannot be done without comparison. 'Oranges' is both an "autobiographical fiction, as well as a fictional autobiography" (1) as stated by Winterson herself. A bildungsroman about a young girl named Jeanette from the 1960's (although published 1980's) who struggles in search of her identity breaking free from tradition to find her new role as a lesbian, though still a Christian. "I would cross seas and suffer sunstroke and give away all I have, but not for a man, because they want to be the destroyer and never be destroyed. That is why they are unfit for romantic love. There are exceptions and I hope they are happy. (2)" We are forced to consider how far protagonist Jeanette in the narrative represents Jeanette the author. Conflict

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