Root, Identity and Community have always been the underlying theme of Toni Morrison. Through the accounts of her novels, Toni Morrison shows several ways in which slavery, which was the most oppressive period in the black history, has affected the identity of African American. In Bluest Eye, Morrison shows that a black woman who searches for her true identity feels frustrated by her blackness and yearns to be white because of the constant fear of being rejected in her surroundings. Thus Morrison tries to locate post colonial black identity in the socio-political ground where cultures are hybridized, powers are negotiated and individuals are reproduced as resistant agents. She not only writes about claiming the superiority by the white but also
This was the Clarks conclusion as “It is clear… that the majority of these Negro children prefer the white doll for encClaudia, however, white dolls, which were supposed to bring me great pleasure, succeeded in doing quite the opposite”(169-178). Claudia can read the racial code, at least retroactively, understanding the white doll to be ‘beautiful’. Through this Brown doll test, Claudia not only rejects the doll but also hates Shirley Temple, whom Pecola and Frieda adore: “I couldn’t join them in their adoration because I hated Shirley. Not because she was cute, but because she danced with Bojangles, who was my friend, my uncle, my daddy… (19). Claudia rejects the view of Clark brown doll test, because she dislikes the white
Interpretive Response to The Bluest Eye - Not only does Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye reveal the undeniable theme that white is beauty. She also affiliates sex and sexuality with humiliation instead of something pleasant. The idea of whiteness as the beauty ideal mainly revolves around Pecola, but is first introduced in the story through a toy doll. Dolls typically represent the favourable traits of young girls, in this case; blonde hair and blue eyes. Although the novel does takes place in 1941, a time where racism and division of white people and coloured people still existed.
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.
It is the mother’s vulnerability to the racial standards of beauty that is transmitted to the daughter and ultimately leads to her victimization. In fact, the reason of Pauline’s vulnerability to the racially prejudiced notions of beauty lies in her relationship with her own mother. The relationship between Pecola Breedlove, the protagonist, and her mother, Pauline Breedlove, is ironically characterized by lack of love, and emotional attachment, indifference, frustration and cruelty. Set in a small town in Ohio, during the Depression, The Bluest Eye is the story of eleven year old Pecola Breedlove, who, victimized by the racist society, yearns for blue eyes, which, she believes, will make her worthy of love, happiness and acceptance in the
The Bluest Eye tells the story of an eleven year old black girl, Pecola Breedlove, desires blue eyes because she sees herself as ugly and believes that by having blue eyes she will represent the white standards of beauty and it will also ensure that she receives love, care and support from others. The Bluest Eye is thus a very powerful study of how African-American families and particularly women are affected by racism and consequent sexual and mental abuse and how these women dwindle into madness. Morrison’s work is powerfully engaged with questions of history, memory and
However, Caliban 's mother Sycorax, is being used in opposition with Miranda 's character to enhance the representation of Miranda as the ideal woman. Sycorax is nothing as the stereotype of ideal women, being a “blue-eyed hag was hither brought with child”(1.2.24). She later imposes the
The novel The Bluest Eye is the novel by Tony Morrison published in 1970. in the novel, Morrison emphasizes the enduring problem faced by Black American in the racial society of white American in the United States and specifically points out the impact it had on the life of black African American females who grew up in the mid- the 1930s. She composed the novel during the mid-1960s, the idea was inculcated twenty years earlier through an unpleasant conversation telling her is been two years now praying to God for to give her blue eyes but she had not received any answer (Conversations with Toni Morrison 1994 ). Morrison was still thinking about this conversation during the 1960s when the ‘Black is Beautiful ' cultural movement, which started
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.
She becomes a victim of an alien culture where all women become victims and feel themselves to be ugly and also suffer from an inferiority complex as a result of the impact of white standards of beauty. Her imbalanced mental state is also due to the uncaring and unsupportive nature of her mother as well as the unhealthy familial relations inside the home where the father on the one hand rapes the daughter and on the other burns down the house along with daily disputes between the parents. I have thus reached the conclusion that females are more vulnerable to acquire a diseased mind as they are always under the confining bell jar of the society and the family as a