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ORANGE as a lesbian novel It is hard to definite lesbian novels Some concern about the writers background some concern about the contentbut we think Oranges has lesbian flavour it is related to lesbianism in a sense that Winterson puts lesbian issue in an explicit expressive and direct way She describes her intimate relations with female figures--Melanie Katy before that with Elsie her mother and the church community female-oriented male figures seem to be excluded But yet Oranges is not merely talking about lesbianism it is about choices just as the title suggests Here choices refer to several issues 1 Self Sociey--the identity If we take Kristevas words that male-dominated society discourages multiple forms of selfhood Winterson is acting as the counter-force to bring out the choices possibilities and multiplity of ones identity Choices also imply differences but people tend to regard differences as disorder or chaos thats why when people make a totally different choice from the majority group will become the outcast in society those people are alone In Oranges Winterson is facing some kind of pressuretension in searching her own identity issue not just because her sexual approach but also her various social roleseg church and her mother as authority conventions social norms etc For this part Ruth mentions Foucaults Madness Civilization which gives insights to the issue considering madness choices determinism vs free will in the search of ones identity 2 Truth--the world views As mentioned above choices means differences and multiplity For this Winterson voices out the fact that there is no absolute truthsingle meaning to a pacticular issue people see things differently with their own perspectives We cannot assume certain perceptives are better or correct for right and wrong is always without a clear-cut boundary It also reminds me of Baudrillard s simulation even we may not all agree the reality is created by simulation the illusion of
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