Throughout the first Chapter of “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit”, Jeanette Winterson utilizes unique characterization, flashback of memory of the plot, and inspiration from the Old Testament to help develop the story of “Genesis”.

Starting from the first paragraph Winterson begins to depict the individual characteristics of each character. The quote, “My father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother likes to wrestle” (Winterson 15), depicts the aggressive nature of both the parents. Jeanette on the other hand appears to be a confused child with various “mixed feelings” (15). Winterson creates the contrast between the characteristics of the parents and the protagonist to paint a picture for the reader on the harshness and difficulties that the child had to face when growing up. Furthermore, Winterson names the protagonist with her own first name, Jeanette. She does this to directly correlate the story to her personal life and her upbringing. The quote, “I cannot recall a time when I did not know I was special”.

Jeanette Winterson develops her plot using specific flashbacks of memory. One example is when she stated, “Once, when I was collecting black peas, about to go home, the old woman got hold of my hand. I thought she was going to bite me” (17). This shows not only that it was a specific time that she remembered in her memory, but this structure allowed Winterson to incorporate almost what the protagonist had learnt due to that specific memory, and how that information then effected the development of the character.

The final aspect that Jeanette Winterson utilizes is the common reference of the old Testament. In Leviticus, it states that one must be fully pure to be in the presence of god. Jeanette’s mother almost models this through her characteristics and her beliefs. One example is when she climbs up to the memorial and “thanked the lord for the ascent”. This shows the extent of her beliefs and religions.

In conclusion, Jeanette Winterson develops the story line of “Genesis” through the analysis of character, plot and ideas from the Old Testament. This in turn creates a replication of her child hood and the experiences that she endured.

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