Evil Acts In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

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Evil Acts: An essay about the character Cholly from the novel “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison. It is very easy for someone to say that you can choose who you want to be. Even though that might be the case for some, it is not always that simple. In this essay I will argue that the antagonist Cholly is a product of his surroundings and experiences. I will point to certain events in his life that might have caused him to believe he had the right to commit the altogether evil act of raping his own daughter. There is no escaping that rape is unimaginably evil, the most degrading and horrible thing a person can do and more so to their own child. However, it is hard to accept that some people are simply born evil. The more likely reason is that people are a mirror image of the society they live in. The experiences they have accumulated along the way, and the people who raised them. In this essay I will argue that Cholly is no exception. One would imagine that we are all blank pages at the beginning, defenseless and dependent upon others, but some may have different opinions. Some say that evil lives within all of us and that it is something we constantly have to work on to repress. Others say that some people are more likely than others to commit evil acts. The same could be argued about the character Cholly claiming he committed these evil acts because he somehow made a choice to be evil, or that he was simply born wrong in the head. There lies little doubt in him being a

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