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...is interaction between Pecola and this family demonstrates that the perception of beauty is greater than just a dichotomy between black and white, because within the black community, discrimination exists based on the shades of color. Clearly, there is an informal caste system within black society based on variations in skin color with lighter hues at the top with darker hues at the bottom. As unfortunate as it is, this allows people like Geraldine to feel some sense of power and importance because of the color of her skin similarly to many of the white characters within the novel. Here is an instance where black people are dehumanizing other black people because of white society’s perceptions of beauty. Clearly, the standard of beauty has influence on not only outward appearances, but also how people interact with other people even of a similar racial background.
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