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Review of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Love is an amazing emotion. A life without love is a life not worth
living. As a child, one has thirsts for love and approval that can
only be quenched by influential adults and peers. If love is not given
during childhood, it will forever taint the individual's life. Toni
Morrison's The Bluest Eye magnificently captures the mind of mature
readers and both genders in its captivating tale of a young black girl
who wants nothing more than to be loved by a society built around
white supremacy, which Morrison derived from her recollection of her
childhood and the deep influence of the Civil Rights Movement of the

It is common for writers to emulate their lives in novels rather than
create a new one for a character. In The Bluest Eye, author Toni
Morrison creates narrator Claudia MacTeer's life parallel to her own.
Morrison was born in the town of Lorain, Ohio, which happens to be the
setting for the novel (Morrison 116), (Telgen 75). Already Morrison
has created a connection between herself and the characters by
selecting the location. Then she develops the MacTeer's family to
closely resemble her family through behaviors and episodes from when
she was an adolescent. For instance, Mrs. MacTeer mirrors Ramah
Wofford, Morrison's mother, through her "habits of expounding on a
problem for days" (Moss 54). Wofford and MacTeer would sing songs
"about hard times, bad times, and somebody-done-gone-and-left-me
times" (Morrison 25). She gives the MacTeer mother the same loving
characteristics she grew accustomed to from her mother to create the
same environment for Claudia. Morrison's father, G...

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...uty in a racist nation. Beauty has a
different meaning for each race and society, no matter the time
period. It can be based on physical beauty or internal beauty. Beauty
has no limits. Everyone and everything is beautiful in its own right.

Works Cited

Draper, James P., ed. "Toni Morrison." World Literature Criticism,
Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992.

Magill, Frank N., ed. "The Bluest Eye." Masterplots II Vol. 1.
Pasadena: Salem Press, 1991.

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Penguin Group, 1970.

Moss, Joyce, ed. "The Bluest Eye." Literature and Its Time, Vol. 4.
Detroit: Gale, 1997.

Telgen, Diane, ed. "The Bluest Eye: Toni Morrison." Novels for
Students, Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1997.

"Toni Morrison." American Writers Supplement III, Part 1. New York:
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1991.

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