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MonkeyNotes-Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
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There is also a brief insight into Jeanette's mother's own conflict with sexuality. On her "Old Flames" page in the photo album, there is a picture of a woman present. Her mother creates an excuse for its being there, but neither Jeanette nor the reader believes that it is really the sister of an old flame. In a novel about female homosexuality, it is obvious that there is a conscious effort on Winterson's part to implicate those who are most adamantly opposed to same-sex relationships as being those attempting to repress their own feelings.


The title of the chapter is appropriately called "Exodus." In this chapter, Jeanette is forced to leave the warm, protective confines of her home and experience the outside world. The journey is not easy; there are rejections all along the way -- from teachers, classmates, parents, and judges of contests. Her own mother even rejects her, giving her oranges to pacify her instead of love and attention and by failing to acknowledge her deafness, explaining it away as being "the rapture." Fortunately for Jeanette, there are some miracles along the way as well. Elsie is a wonderful friend, Mrs. Jewsbury and medical science help to restore her hearing, and Jeanette herself is instilled with a wondrous amount of faith and courage.

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