The Chapter 'Joshua' in Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and the two
letters in The Color Purple, where Sofia returns and later gets
brutally punished for her confrontation, both explore fundamental
issues that characterize a lot of the essence of both novels as a
whole. At the heart of both of these two sections is the idea of
fighting for the truth and facing the consequences. Although Oranges
are not the Only Fruit is written in a retrospective light and The
Color Purple in epistolary and consecutively in chronological order,
there are similarities within the two styles, they use similar
techniques in getting across certain issues. The novels use the people
around Jeanette and Celie to convey oppression and hope.
Janet's church people and mother have found out about her "unnatural
passions" for Melanie. To them their opinion at its wrongs and
sinfulness is not opinion but fact. Thus for Janet's "own benefit"
they lock her up with no food or light, inflicting an exorcism on her.
They believe she is demon possessed and want to rid her of the evil.
In this period of confinement, Jeanette questions her sexuality and
its wrongs. She states: "Can love really belong to the demon." She
realizes that her feelings are not from external influences, but
rather from herself. - "If they want to get at my demon they'll have
to get me." She is controlled with the idea of the church, and at the
same time the naturalness she feels with the feelings: "Demons are
evil, aren't they?" She then goes on to say: "But in the Bible you
keep getting driven out." - "Don't believe all you read." This in
itself is addressing the idea of oppression from the chu...
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way to the proceedings in the novel as a whole. In The Color Purple,
we are left with Celie caring for Sofia who has been so brutally to
the ground. Sofia was imprisoned and left to face the circumstances
for standing up for what is right. She is thus a heroine in her own
right and is an example for Celie. Jeanette was imprisoned (exorcism)
and came out of it knowing that she was going to put up a fight for
her own truth and to face the circumstances.
In Oranges are Not the Only Fruit as a whole, the "Joshua" section
stands for truth and Jeanette decides to fight and this indicates the
future progression of the novel. In The Color Purple, Celie sees truth
being fought for and the result of this fight. These gives her
determination and if can fight like that, she can at least fight
against male patriarchal Oppression and her love for Slug.
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