In The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison uses characters such as Claudia, Cholly, and Soaphead to claim that individuals sometimes blame others as a coping mechanism when they are unhappy with themselves or their lives. Upon the start of The Bluest Eye, Morrison introduces readers to Claudia and her major character conflict, her distain towards society’s idea of beauty. Society and media in the 1940’s presented the idea of beauty as a white, blue eyed child. Claudia looks at a cup with Shirley Temples face on it, her reaction can be immediately known; “I hated Shirley. Not because she was cute, but because she danced with Bojangles…who ought to have been soft-shoeing it and chucking with me” (Morrison 19).
Mary tells Hale that when she was in court she sewed the doll she gave Elizabeth, however, Abby was sitting right next to her, so she set to frame Elizabeth even more by stabbing herself with a needle, just like the doll that would’ve been in Proctor’s house by then. “I knew it before I never anything before. When she come into the court I say to myself, I must not accuse this woman, for she sleep in ditches, and so very old and poor.” Mary Warren [-Mary Warren Act II, Line 246]. Mary Warren retells of her accusation of Sarah Good during her trial in court because she jumped to conclusions when she felt something choke her and thought it was
Infuriated as she is, she leaves Higgins behind, just like Nora left her husband. Not to mention that Higgins’ mother even made a direct link to Ibsen’s work, “You certainly are a pretty pair of babies, playing with your live doll.” Yet again, this could be seen as a simile of the position of women in the male-dominated society. Women in the Edwardian era were indeed slaves to their marriage, having little to no voice in any decision whatsoever. Mentioning that she was in fact a doll, much alike Nora’s situation, was an eye-opener for the upper-class audience that Pygmalion was shown towards. Higgins was not only forcing societies’ wishes on her, he also was “dressing Eliza”, just like a
The Odyssey by Homer contains multiple moments where female characters are oppressed or fit into a patriarchy, but there are several moments where these character show signs of rebellion against this oppression. Applying a critical lense of feminism to these characters and relationships create complexities and conflicts within the novel that shine meaning on the world. The character Penelope offers many of these moments. Analyzing the actions, situation, and comparisons with other characters using a the feminist critical lense will show a more enriched version of Penelope and offer a deeper insight of the patriarchy, and how is affects the world. To accomplish this analyzation I have structured this paper into an intro paragraph, four body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph.
Throughout the novel Toni Morrison takes us on Pecola 's journey to self-destruction because she lives in world that doesn 't find her beautiful or even worth to be looked at. The novel tells not only the story of Pecola but the story of the whole black community that unable to conform to white standards of beauty are condemned to sink into a pit of darkness. In this paper I will discuss how beauty is constructed in The Bluest Eye. Beauty is one of the main topics in The Bluest Eye and its importance relies on the fact that this is a novel about finding self-identity, but most of the characters from the novel search for their own identity in others. They value beauty over other things such as intelligence because they live in a society in which beauty is constructed in a way that they associate it with being loved and approved by others and as I just said they establish their self-worth based on how others perceive them.
Conflict can be described as the struggle between two opposing forces, whether the forces being person vs person, person vs self or person vs society. Good examples of conflict can be found in almost any book. Margaret Atwood’s novel, the Handmaid’s Tale is a source of all three types of conflicts. The Handmaid’s Tale is about a society where females are given specific duties and are restricted from reading, writing, talking to others and looking at themselves in mirrors. The protagonist, Offred whom is also the narrator in the novel faces conflicts with herself, with other people, and the society that she lives in.
Rebellion; the action or process of resisting authority, control, or convention. The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margaret Atwood is a novel. The novel takes place in Gilead a dystopian society. Everyone in Gilead has an important role to play within the society, however, it seems as if none of the characters seem content with their role, due to the restrictions they face. In the novel, the lack of freedom leads to rebellion as shown by the characterization, interior dialogue, flashbacks, and foreshadowing.
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.
Kelly). Carol Hanisch, an American feminist argued in her essay that many personal experiences particularly those of women can be traced to one’s location within a system of power relationships (Christopher J. Kelly). Women were oppressed by the system, and men are benefiting from that. In Carol Hanisch’s essay she said that women were belittled for trying to bring up their “personal problems” into the public arena especially the issues like equal rights, appearance, sex, and abortion (Hanisch, 1969). It is somehow similar to C. Wright Mills’ “The Sociological Imagination” personal troubles and public issues.
The majority of these novels portray the psychological sufferings of frustrated housewives. Women novelists reflect in their novels the predicaments of today’s women who have realized that she is helpless and not independent. Among them, Anita nair is one of the notable novelists who portrays the condition and status of women and how they suffer in the patriarchal society. The aim of this paper is to study the feminine existence in Nair’s