Posts Tagged ‘Jeanette Winterson’
In Oranges the elements of fairy tale and myth are juxtaposed to theological references, which are used as a form of narrative to expand and further justify Miss Winterson’s views and opinions. These elements occurring frequently in the novel, are set in timeless allegorical way , though the fairy tales maybe old in their existence yet their purpose to Miss Winterson is made new. Yet disobedient herself, she revives the biblical illustration of disobedience to God given by Jesus of the Tower of Babel, slightly critiquing the instance of rebelling against formalities which Miss Duffy also incorporated in her poetry. These fantasy and fairy tale narratives structures open possibilities, eliminate boundaries and enable Jeanette to enter what is called the ‘dull reality of the clock’. As Watchel puts it ‘fantasy sections also acts as safety valve …where repressed feelings can be expressed, and complex and contradictory thoughts externalised’. Jeanette used her imaginative mind to escape from the binary, limited and self-deceiving mind she was forced into and also re-emerge as sexual writer. The fairy tale of the prince seeking perfection was one of the instances where we see Jeanette maturing and starts to question social phenomena’s and more in particular church doctrines. The orange demon that Jeanette Hallucinates about while she is locked in the parlour is a symbolic of her lesbian sexuality and of the rest important discovery she made about herself. At this point Miss Winterson is coming to terms with the churches rigid and marginalised view on humanity in general. She reflects how the church sees things the good and evil view and how the ‘grey’ area in often detached from the reality of humans beings. Jeanette Winterson fervently believes she belongs in the ‘grey’ area where possibilities exist and where ones opinion governs ones life.
She did not have the power to question the authorities of the church and change doctrines thus she had to create and…
Jeanette Winterson’s Newton describes the isolation of her “stranger”, Tom. In Newton, Winterson uses imagery to show Tom’s differences in contrast to those of his neighbors. Tom’s conflict lies between his neighbor and he due to the way he doesn’t fit in. Winterson adds in Albert Camus L’Étranger in which Camus’ character, Meursault, finds himself a stranger in his own society.
Winterson begins her story with an almost nursery rhyme like poem;
“This is the story of Tom.
This is the story of Tom and his neighbors.
This is the story of Tom and his neighbors in his neighbor’s garden.
This is the story of Tom.”
The latter attracts attention to Tom being the main character and shows that his neighbor is also important to his story. She continues into the story by adding what Tom says and thinks; he states that his neighbors are like Classical Physicists and they follow sequential lives. They all rise at 7am, leave for work at 8am, and the women have coffee at 10am. Winterson then becomes very artistic with her work and Tom continues to explain the sequence, “If you see a body on the street in between 1pm and 2pm, it can only be the doctor, it can only be the undertaker, and it can only be the stranger. I am the stranger.” This explains that Tom is the only one that stands out, or the “stranger”. Winterson’s use of “it can only be” enhances Tom’s isolation amongst everyone in the town of Newton.
Tom considers his neighbors to be scientific with no room for flexibility, such as a work of art, which is what Tom could be considered as. The very first law of Thermodynamics is introduced with “You cannot transfer heat from a colder to a hotter.” In this case, Tom’s neighbors are the colder, and he the hotter. It explains the distance and coldness of his neighbors and their incapacity of feeling Tom’s warmth.
Tom is very unlike his neighbors. His neighbor is against entropy, the evolution of uniformity, this is the second law of Thermodynamics….
What are the conflicts in the story:
Intro: catchy sentence: In our occidental society, many people live a life based on an established routine whether it is because of their jobs or the security they feel in having a somehow predictable life. In “Newton”, Jeanette Winterson pushes the facts to the extreme and represents a city where everybody lives in conformity. There is only Tom, an outsider who fight to maintain sense of individuality and who is pressure by all to be normal , to live against change..
Topic sentence 1:
First, the conflict the inhabitants have against change is stunning. Tom ‘s neighbor is a great representation of them all. Not only has she laminated her dead husband and her dead mother, she has replaced piece of nature surrounding her to gain more control over it. “You can’t depend on nature. I don’t like leaves falling. They don’t fall where they should. If you regulate nature, why, she’ll just go ahead and do what she likes.”Moreover, as everybody else, she has a daily routine so regular that the laws of physics seems suitable. “everything tens toward the condition of entropy. That is the energy is still there somewhere but for all purpose it is lost.” This last passage is related to all of the artificiality and the normality in which he is surrounded.
Topic sentence 2: The neighbors pressure Tom to be normal and it affects him.
Support detail (with quotation): When his neighbor ask him to help her; “That’s normal, that’s nice, I want to be normal and nice.”
Supporting detail:“You are ordinary like the rest of us and ordinary lives. Like the rest of us, here in Tranquil Gardens.”
Topic sentence 3: Tom has and wants to maintain a sense of individuality
Secondly, the author make her main character fight for his individuality and
“This is a sea story, the captain and the crew has gone mad and I am the only passenger.”
Support details: “He walked away from Newton, but he did look back once and what he saw…