Literature's Unique Talent: The Bluest Eye, Night, Flowers for Algernon
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Literature functions as a unique venue to communicate social injustices to society by letting the readers experience the bias treatment through words and how the characters felt. This makes the readers connect and think more deeply about the injustices that are happening in the world today. In The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, Night, written by Elie Wiesel, and Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, each author uses literary devices such as tone, symbolism, and character to inform society of its injustices. However, each writer approaches the theme of social injustices differently with their unique descriptions and styles. On the other hand, the authors also use imagery and theme in similar ways to emphasize the sufferings that each character experiences. Thus, literature is an excellent example in revealing the injustices that society created.
The Bluest Eye depicts the tone of passion. As the readers progress through the novel, the passion of black women expressed in-depth to the readers to show how their desires were to fit in with society. In the season Spring, chapter nine, page 138, Morrison writes:
“Take this food and give it to the creature sleeping on the porch. Make sure he eats it. And mark well how he behaves. If nothing happens, you will know that God refused you, If the animal behaves strangely, your wish will be granted on the day following this one.”
In this quote, Soaphead is telling Pecola what to do in order for her wish to be granted. This injustice shows how society brainwashed and pushed Pecola into doing anything in her will to be accepted by society. In Pecola’s case, her ugliness made her hate herself and want the typical pretty blue eyes that the white girls had. The blue eyes al...
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Toni Morrison, Elie Wiesel, and Daniel Keyes each use tone, symbolism, and character to enrich the books on informing the readers of the social injustices in society. In addition to that, the three authors also use effective imagery and theme to illustrate to the readers how social injustice has affected the characters. For Pecola, it was her skin color and ugliness that constantly tormented her. The injustice that Eliezer suffered was the Holocaust. Lastly, it was Charlie’s mental disability that caused his loneliness. By using these literary techniques in literature, the devices truly educates the audience to realize these injustices that occur is a result of society not being highly informed of the topic at hand and its effects. When society is blinded by the social injustices, they are considered no different than the abusers themselves.