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This essay concentrates on the theme of religion in two Novels Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a semi-autobiographical novel by Jeanette Winterson set in the North of England The Color Purple is an epistolary novel by Alice Walker set in the deep south of America The epistolary form used by Walker gives us the idea that Celie and Nettie arent characters but real people By choosing this literary form Walker chooses the best to make her characters as human as possible in that letter writing is a very personal way of communicating The semi-autobiographical form used by Winterson also adds a certain human nature to the novel as the experiences are considered to be more real The protagonist sharing the name of the author provides an obvious link to the reader in this respect The way the chapters are named after the books of the Old Testament firstly shows the importance of religion in the novel and on Winterson Secondly the stories of each of the books of the bible can be linked to the progression of Jeanettes character through the novel A simple example of this can be seen in the chapter Numbers The book of Numbers tells the story of the Israelites heading to the promised land In this chapter Jeanette also becomes closer to her own Promised Land in recognising who she really is and coming to terms with her sexuality The letters in The Color Purple also show change through the novel Changing who Celie addresses her letters to from God to Nettie shows a progression in Celies faith in the difference of one word The letters also unveils the way Celies communication skills develop especially in her vocabulary and analysis of other characters in her letters She moves in her letters from an insecure person afraid of society to a person that can communicate her feelings and actually find the time to love The way the
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