Both Toni Morrison's novel about an African American family in Ohio during the 1930s and 1940s, The Bluest Eye and Louise Erdrich;s novel about the Anishinabe tribe in the 1920s in North Dakota, Tracks are, in part, about seeing. Both novels examine the effects of a kind of seeing that is refracted through the lens of racism by subjects of racism themselves. Erdrich's Pauline Puyat and Morrison's Pecola Breedlove are crazy from their dealings with racism and themselves suffer from an internalized racism that is upheld and maintained by social and cultural structures within which they live. Pauline and Pecola become the embodiment of world sickness, of social pathologies as they become increasingly alienated from their bodies.
Pecola, driven to want blue eyes by her observations that is is those with blue who receive and thus "deserve" love, eventually loses her mind after she experiences repeated violence at home, at school, and on the street. These violences are all rooted in racism. Pecola begins to believe the lie of racism: that to be black...
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- Since childhood, we all have been taught that “racism is bad” and should be avoided at all costs. We have been told that “everyone is a child of God and we are all created equal.” In fact, Americans are praised for the so-called equality they possess. However, renowned author Toni Morrison sheds light on the sheltered and unspoken truth that everyone—to some extent—is racist. “Home” is a reflective essay in which Morrison explains that her triumphs against racist ideologies are evident throughout her various novels (“Home” 3).... [tags: Essays on The Bluest Eye 2014]
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- The immoral acts of society raped Pecola Breedlove, took her innocence, and left her to go insane. The Random House Dictionary defines “rape” as “an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation.” The Random House definition perfectly describes what happens to Pecola over the course of the novel. From Pecola’s standpoint, society rapes her repeatedly, by their judgmental attitudes towards everything that she is; she is “ugly,” she is poor, she is black. In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Morrison shines a critical light on society, illumining the immoral acts that it participates in, through the story of how a little girl is thrown by the wayside since she does not embod... [tags: Toni Morrison, Bluest Eye, rape, abuse, racism]
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- The Bluest Eye, written by Toni Morrison, is a novel that encompasses the themes of youth, gender, and race. At the time the novel was written, The African American Civil Rights Movement had recently. In the story, Morrison utilizes a story in first person to convey her viewpoints about racial inequality. Authors such as Anais Nin, Virginia Woolf, and Adrienne Rich composed poems and essays that discuss concepts present in The Bluest Eye. Morrison weaves passages of children’s stories to illustrate the chaos amongst the characters in her novel.... [tags: Racism, Race, African American, Toni Morrison]
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- It has been 153 years since the start of Civil War, and although it ends but it never dies. Racism is one of the most controversial issues that happened in America. The Civil War ended in 1865, but did not put an end to the suffering of African-Americans, and for more years many laws were passed that oppressed them even more. Because of their eagerness to have freedom and rights, it ended in a bloody way and many leaders of the movement were killed. They shed blood because of their devotions for their fellow men.... [tags: The Bluest Eye Essays]
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- Throughout her novel, The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison asserts the convoluted association between blackness, masculinity, and corporeality through the complicated character of Cholly Breedlove. Under the white gaze, Cholly is a victim to his identity as a black man because the trauma provoked by his lack of agency, particularly over his own body, prevents him from fulfilling the expectations society has of him as as a male, husband, and father. Cholly’s inability to achieve these societal expectations severely contaminates his masculinity and creates a self-abhorrence in his black manhood.... [tags: Black people, White people, Racism, Race]
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- ... Morrison uses the baby doll to send the message that whiteness is superior in their society. The affiliation between beauty and whiteness limits the concept of beauty only to the person’s exterior. The characters are constantly subjected to images and symbols of whiteness through movies, books, candy, magazines, baby dolls and advertisements. Another example of the images and symbols in the novel is when the black protagonist, Pecola, feasts on a ‘Mary Jane’ candy. “She remembers the Mary Janes.... [tags: stereotypes and racism]
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- In Toni Morrison’s novel, “The Bluest Eye,” a character named Pecola Breedlove had always been wishing to have the bluest eyes, since it was considered as pretty in the novel’s world. Also, a lighter skin African American, Maureen Peal, bullied Pecola, who has darker skin, because Maureen thinks that she is cute, while she thinks Pecola is ugly. Similarly, Pecola always thought that she was ugly, because she does not have blue eyes. On the other hand, Maureen Peal came from a wealthier family and that made her think highly of herself.... [tags: Bullying, Racism, Self-Esteem]
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- It’s a Slow Fade Having started long before, the Civil Rights Movement was at its peak in the 60’s, having had the success of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While they were making legal progression, it is no secret that there was still hatred felt towards colored people of the time, which was expressed through lynching and racial slurs. Rarely, if ever, would a colored person be seen as a movie star or someone considered beautiful. The expectation of beautiful was found in actresses like Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Temple, both blonde, blue eyed, and, most importantly, white.... [tags: White people, Colored, Racism, African American]
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- Toni Morrison, the author of The Bluest Eye, centers her novel around two things: beauty and wealth in their relation to race and a brutal rape of a young girl by her father. Morrison explores and exposes these themes in relation to the underlying factors of black society: racism and sexism. Every character has a problem to deal with and it involves racism and/or sexism. Whether the characters are the victim or the aggressor, they can do nothing about their problem or condition, especially when concerning gender and race.... [tags: American Literature Toni Morrison]
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- Toni Morisson's The Bluest Eye Toni Morisson's novel The Bluest Eye is about the life of the Breedlove family who reside in Lorain, Ohio, in the late 1930s (where Morrison herself was born). This family consists of the mother Pauline, the father Cholly, the son Sammy, and the daughter Pecola. The novel's focal point is the daughter, an eleven-year-old Black girl who is trying to conquer a bout with self-hatred. Everyday she encounters racism, not just from the White people, but mostly from her own race.... [tags: Toni Morisson Bluest Eye Essays]
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