The Role Of Colonialism In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

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The Signifying Monkey is a mode of literary criticism written by a literary critic, Henry Louis Gates Jr. In the opening chapter, Gates’s traces the connection between African-American rhetorical systems and African mythology. His focus is predominantly on the relationship between the African American sign ‘Signification’ and the related term ‘Signifyin(g)’. This concept, though difficult to understand at first, is embedded within Toni Morrison’s literary novel, The Bluest Eye. There is no question that colonialism has created the dominant discourse in almost every location around the world. In today’s society the direct cultural impact of colonialism may not be felt due to the hybridity of multicultures and adaptation. Yet this does not mean the social impact of imperialism is over, nor are the after effects and results of colonisation. The generation of African-American slaves whom were robbed of their identity and rights and forced into slavery felt the effects of colonisation first hand. After generations of abuse and being classified as a minority, African-American’s now look to create a new discourse, one that challenges the long-established white patriarchal order of Western discourse. “The dominant ideology of America 's society has excluded all its minorities from the history and it is the reason that critics (like Lois Tyson) emphasizes that it will probably be more significant if the history of America is renamed the history of white American due to

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