Symbolism In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

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Through her statement on the impairment that internalized racism can do to the most vulnerable member of a community— Pecola; a young girl, Morrison jumps out of the tradition of African-American literature that “Portrays racism as a definite evil” (Eichelberger, 1999, p.59). Whiteness within this novel is said to be the symbol of goodness and innocence. The blacks in the novel are unhappy that they are not part of the dominant race. The main characters in this novel are marginalized people. Their status in the society causes them to feel subjugated. Cholly, the father of Pecola has also been a victim of racism and emotional abuse since his childhood; it makes him person who cannot show love or express his feelings. He suffers from racism when he is caught having sex with his friend Darlene. Two white men catch him in the act and scream, ‘‘Get on wid it, nigger. . . . An’ make it good, nigger, make it good’’ (Morrison 148). The coloured people are always viewed as folks who should endure violence and pain even at home. Toni Morrison illuminates on the sufferings of black females in a white society in The Bluest Eye. This novel “…shows racism’s damaging effects on the black community at large and on black families” (Kubitschek, 27). In The Bluest Eye, Pecola Breedlove realizes the supremacy of white society and longs to have the features of white females. She prays God to give the bluest eye in the world. This word reveals the eagerness to have even more finer features

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