Racism Exposed In The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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1.1. Introduction

Toni Morrison wrote the Bluest Eye. Some of the parts also coexist with her own childhood. She grew up in Lorain, Ohio in 1931 and the narrator is a nine-year-old girl, the age of Morrison similar to the year the book takes place (1941). The Bluest Eye developed when she remembers one of her conversations with a little girl who wanted to have blue eyes. During 1960, she began her first novel, The Bluest Eye. This novel is mainly focused on racism and abuse. It revolves around the life of a young girl named Pecola who wanted to have the bluest eyes. In the last centuries, with the ordinance of apartheid laws in South Africa in 1948, racism was practiced. Race was evident and was disseminated worldwide including the banning of marriage between whites and non-whites. In 1950, there was a
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Henry Washington sexually touching Freida. Soaphead Church showing its perverse attraction with little girls, and Cholly raping Pecola, twice. The abusive detail of the novel shows that racism is not only the root of a distortion of a black girl 's childhood but also sexual abuse. Toni Morrison 's way of portraying these issues coincides with the presence of the parents. 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
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