Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

by: Jeanette Winterson

Suggested Essay Topics

In what sense is Oranges an autobiographical novel?

Explain the meaning of the book's title.

Jeanette's mother announces at the end of the book that oranges are not the only fruit, contradicting her earlier position. In what way has she changed by the novel's end and why.

What effect does the exorcism performed on Jeanette have?

Jeanette appears to be an outcast in school. How does this foreshadow her future life?

Discuss the narrator's opinions on history as described in Chapter 5.


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