“If there’s book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” (Toni Morrison). This quote written by Morrison best describes her desire to write books for the African-American community. The Bluest Eye is a novel written by Toni Morrison, it is set in 1941 and centers around the life of a young African-American girl named Pecola. Pecola is constantly called ugly due to her dark skin color as a result, she develops an inferiority complex, which fuels her desire for the blue eyes she considers equal to beauty. In 1987 Toni Morrison published Beloved, a novel set after the American civil war, in Cincinnati, Ohio, where the protagonist Sethe, a former slave has been living with her eighteen-year-old daughter Denver along with a malevolent presence of an abusive ghost that has been hunting their house at 124 Bluestone Road for many years.
Walker exposes the patriarchy that condones male domination of women. The novel is about the trials and tribulations faced by a black woman under colonialism and black male oppression and her journey to attain knowledge, identity and freedom. Walker’s womanism stems from her mixed ancestry-
Symbolism and authors style and its effect on the plot In literature, authors will often utilize symbolism in order to develop characters and plot. In The Bluest Eye, the author, Toni Morrison portrays an African American girl named Pecola, who is stricken with longing for a better life. As she muddles through her difficult childhood, her once innocent interpretation of race and beauty are deformed by the beauty standards that dominated the mid-20th century society. She believes that beauty is dependent upon love, and her self-image, in particular, her eyes, plays a big role in the novel. She consistently attributes her struggles and failures to her lack of blue eyes, and believes that by having blue eyes, her struggle will go away.
Alice Walker wrote her own literary criticism; Walker has stated before she is “committed to exploring the oppressions, the insanities, the loyalties, and triumphs of black women”. It is evident that Walker writes about oppressions, loyalties, and triumphs of a black women masterfully because her description of these is realistic. Alice Walker realistically portrays Celie being oppressed by men because she is sexually, physically, and emotionally abused. Celie opens up her story by explaining how she is sexually abused by her father because her mother is sick and can not fill the needs of what her father wants. Celie tells the only person she can, God about what her dad has done.
By an anonymous writer later revealed as Skeeter also known as Eugenia Phelan. Skeeter, a white woman, returns to her hometown (Mississippi) to discover that her motherly nanny Constantine has left but no one tells what happened. Soon Skeeter realizes the injustice her society practices and decides to write a book where voices of black will be raised. She approaches Aibileen for sharing her narrative to which Aibileen responds positively and also let’s Minny in their secret. Minny, Aibileen’s friend, another black help, reveals a secret about Miss Hilly that ensures Miss Hilly’s silence after the publication of their writing project.
The novel’s protagonist, Janie Crawford, a woman who dreamt of love, was on a journey to establish her voice and shape her own identity. She lived with Nanny, her grandmother, in a community inhabited by black and white people. This community only served as an antagonist to Janie, because she did not fit into the society in any respect. Race played a large factor in Janie being an outcast, because she was black, but had lighter skin than all other black people due to having a Caucasian ancestry. As a child, Janie did not even realize that she was actually black until she shown in a photograph among a group of white children.
Toni Morrison divides her audience’s beliefs with her 1987 novel, Beloved, as it introduces a grievous, yet honest story of a mother and her child overcoming their arduous past. Some consider Beloved a novel not meant to be read in a school’s modern day curriculum, while another few believe in the opposite. Despite this, the narrative picks apart and fleshes out the complex characters through their own eyes, instituting a way for the readers to see and feel every individual. Moreover, Beloved portrays in a way that is more unique than most as Morrison not only conveys a brutal reality of slavery, but also its deadly grasp it possesses on those who experienced it personally Laced with emotion heavy tongue and immersing tone, Beloved depicts a heartbreaking tale, one which begins with an anticipated downfall and concludes with a new period of healing. Set after the American Civil War, Beloved is set during the period of Reconstruction, a time where slavery still proves to be a growing concern in the South.
This novel reflects the society by presenting characters who hate themselves because of what they are told they are, which sustains anger. The idea that blue eyes are a necessity for beauty has been etched on pecola's head in her whole life "if I looked different beautiful, may be cholly would be different, and Mrs. Breed love too may be they would say, why look at pretty eyed pecola. We mustn't do bad things in front of those pretty eyes "(the bluest eye
Which only means that the construction of a girl 's perception of the world starts with her family and how people treat her. Pecola 's desire for blue eyes is caused by her belief that the people around her acts the way they do because of how they perceive her physically. Her principle of beauty, which is being white and having blue eyes, tells her that she wanted to be like one of them. In that way, all the pain that she is feeling will miraculously be resolved and everyone will treat her better. She wanted to have blue eyes not only to be perceived differently but also to see and experience things
3.2 Female Character and Symbolism The Color Purple presents a story of Celie – an African American woman who fights for acceptance and feminine space in her marriage and as well as within her community. She is oppressed by racism and sexism at the same time which means that in the novel there are many scenes in which the dimension of intersectionality is easily noticeable. Confined by the patriarchal stiff rules, Celie gradually begins to make her voice heard. Obviously, it does not happen in the blink of an eye. Her self-development in a male-dominated community proceeds in a linear manner (Kristeva, 1986).
A moving inspirational novel told in letters to portray how life was for African Americans, and especially women is The Color Purple. It is not about purple in no way at all; it is actually a difficult book to tackle, dealing with rape insest, explicit sex, sexism, and violence toward women and a lesbian relationship. Not only does it speak of women, but it tells of how there was a negative depiction of African American men during this time. The novel consists of letters written by the main protagonist, Celie, that she has written to God. Celie is a poor black girl living in the American South.
The Help directed by Tate Taylor is a film set in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960s. African-American maid named Aibileen Clark who works for Elizabeth Leefolt, a white woman. Aibileen 's best friend is named Minny Jackson who is outspoken who work for Hilly Holbrook’s mother but is fired for her sassy tongue. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan, young white women who discover that her childhood nanny is fired. This film tells the story of these three women working together to tell an unforgettable story about blacks maids.