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Oranges are not the Only Fruit

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Izzie Vayoni

on 8 December 2013

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Oranges are not the Only Fruit

Film vs. Books

Analysis of fairy tale from the book
Fairy tales are used to help the reader understand parts of the book, and also to develop the character of Jeanette
Focus on:
The Prince and his search for perfection
"Perfection is flawlessness"
Jeanette questions authority and the ideology of the congregation. She feels different to the rest of the church
The 'perfect woman' - different to conventional idea of perfection (own opinions, finacially independant etc.)
Crucial point, links with Jeanette's past (
"You shall never marry"
) and future (her sexual preferences)
The prince asks the orange seller for something other than oranges -
"I only does oranges"

There are other life choices available, but not everyone accepts them
The Pink Coat
Mrs. Winterson does not accept Jeanette's individuality
Jeanette feels smothered by her mother's need to fit her in a box -
"I was feeling trapped"
Coat is too big - expectations placed on Jeanette are too overpowering. They don't fit her -
"You can grow into it"
The colour pink is associated with homosexuality: Mrs. Winterson forces Jeanette into the coat, and moments later she meets Melanie
Pink triangle was placed on homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps - criminalization, seen as unnatural
Jeanette is made to feel like a sinner -
"Then you do not love the Lord"
by Jeanette Winterson
How abstract sequences and symbolism are interpreted in both the film and the book
Analysis of abstract scene from the television series
Context - Occurs after the exorcism, and the end of Jeanette's relationship with Melanie.
The younger and older versions of Jeanette are always together
Set in a fun fair - mystery and illusion
Jeanette cannot escape the prejudice against her sexuality and personality
The masks - masking identity, alienating Jeanette, intimidating her, stereotyping men and women
Jeanette gets up and walks away, but leaves young Jeanette there - cannot erase the past
In film:
Difficult to show first person narrative
More dialogue needed
Keep to a linear plot to avoid confusion, due to a wider audience
In books:
Easier to have an omniscient viewpoint
More visual images can be used
Allows use of imagination
What I will explore in this presentation
Films vs. Books
Analysis of one fairy tale and its role
Analysis of one abstract scene and its role
Focus on one symbol in both the text and film
To sum up:
The film portrays the abstract scenes in a more visual way, in order to create a sudden impact
The fairy tales in the book are more in touch with the character's implicit feelings, and contain more hidden connotations to explain or foreshadow the story later on
The symbol of the pink coat in both the book and film makes it clearer to the audience how Jeanette is pushed to be something she is not
Both versions of the story offer a slightly different interpretation, but they both portray the same main point that even though Jeanette is oppressed by the community around her, she stands up for herself and what she believes in, and embraces her individuality
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