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The Bluest Eye-Toni Morrison

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Linh Pham

on 4 March 2014

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Transcript of The Bluest Eye-Toni Morrison

My Favorite Part
The Bluest Eye
By Toni Morrison

Our Distorted Image of Beauty
Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" touches on the childhood of a young girl named Pecola and the challenges that she faces simply due to the color of her skin. These challenges are spanned through the seasons of a year and ranges from other whites to her very own family. Pecola learns more and more of how crooked the world is and how cruel society is.
Like our corrupted images of beauty in society today, Pecola Breedlove experienced the same dilemma during her lifetime in the 1940's.
"That's ministratin'.
'What's that?'
'You know.'
'Am I going to die?' she asked"(Morrison 27).
"Then she bent towards respectability, and in so doing taught them fear: fear of being clumsy, fear of being like their father, fear of not being loved by God, fear of madness like Cholly's mother's"(Morrison 128).
Stereotypes & Injustice
Many times we judge and interpret things in our heads before we even know the actual truth. We do this by using stereotypes we're acknowledged with and this is exactly the type of injustice Pecola had to face.
"They lined on cold black-eye peas and orange pop. Like flies they hovered; like flies they settled. And this one had settled in her house. up over the hump of the cat's back she looked. 'Get out,' she said, her voice quiet. 'You nasty little black bitch. Get out of my house'"(Morrison 92).
"Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye presents readers with a variety of thematic concerns, including dealing with or repressing guilt, shame, and violence; coming to terms with society's image of ideal beauty (both feminine and masculine); racial self-loathing; and, in a narrative sense, dealing with memories of the past that correspond to those themes."
"The novel’s violent sexual images have the potential to negatively imprint themselves within the minds of students."
My Position
The precious and meaningful content of this book is too rich to be censored and hidden from the reader's mind and heart.
Despite this being true, the fact that children are already exposed to contents in that category should be considered. Furthermore, "The Bluest Eyes" is not promoting sexual and violent content, rather it is for a deeper and more mature understanding of those contents.
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