Essay On Symbolism In The Bluest Eye

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The novel is cleverly structured around an opening story from the standard elementary school Dick and Jane readers of the 1940s, which is harmfully inculcated an inferiority complex in black children of their inner city by promoting the values of the homogenized white suburban middle-class family. Dick and Jane story sharpens the contrast between the ideal experience of the white world and the actual experience of blacks portrayed in the minichapters.As the story continuous, this repeated quotation which portrays white America by degrees, loses its capitalization and punctuation, and all grammatical structure. From this Morrison wanted to make her readers visually see the difference of what it was like to see the white life style as another civilization from the…show more content…
Using his dolls test, in which children were asked to compare it with identical brown and white colored dolls. He discovered that of the sixteen children preferred the white dolls and eleven of the children referred to the black doll as ‘bad’. While nine said the white doll was ‘nice’. Seven of the children pointed to the white doll when they were asked to choose the doll most like themselves. This was the Clarks conclusion as “It is clear… that the majority of these Negro children prefer the white doll for encClaudia, however, white dolls, which were supposed to bring me great pleasure, succeeded in doing quite the opposite”(169-178). Claudia can read the racial code, at least retroactively, understanding the white doll to be ‘beautiful’. Through this Brown doll test, Claudia not only rejects the doll but also hates Shirley Temple, whom Pecola and Frieda adore: “I couldn’t join them in their adoration because I hated Shirley. Not because she was cute, but because she danced with Bojangles, who was my friend, my uncle, my daddy… (19). Claudia rejects the view of Clark brown doll test, because she dislikes the white
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