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Discuss the presentation of Jeanettes mother in Oranges are not the only fruit Readers are introduced to Jeanettes mother as someone who liked to wrestle it didnt matter what She was in the white corner and that was that An idea oh the mothers personality being controlling powerful and self-righteous is formed from this description Also Jeanettes personal view of these qualities is shared as the tone of the narrator during the statement could be seen as sarcastic and demeaning towards her mother as though she does not agree with the idea that her mother is always innocent represented by the white and right We are shown different sides to the mothers character as she interacts with different individuals During the first chapter her mother sees Jeanette as a way out now for years and years suggesting that there is something in her mothers past which she feels guilty for and she uses Jeanette to remove this guilt and feel better about herself By creating this role for Jeanette her mother is setting certain expectations of her daughter and it is these expectations that control her attitude towards her An example of this would be involving religion and the church something the mother has devoted herself to and believes Jeanette should also A positive attitude towards Jeanette is shown when her mother gains status through her because she is doing well in the church Her mother is especially please when she integrates religion into her schoolwork because although she gets into trouble with the school her mother sees this as Jeanette starting her missionary work This displays that her mother cares more about religious messages being spread than her daughters education Her mothers zealous attitude towards religion is seen as extreme by the readers as in correlation to it her attitude towards Jeanette alters and throughout the novel her mother continues to put the church as a priority over her family When she
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