For further information on her life and complete works, see CLC, Volumes 4, 10, 22, 87, and Inspired by a conversation Morrison once had with an elementary school classmate who wished for blue eyes, the novel poignantly shows the psychological devastation of a young black girl, Pecola Breedlove, who searches for love and acceptance in a world that denies and devalues people of her own race.
History and Slavery Pages: In presenting the various modes of escape and retreat into hollow notions of whiteness, Morrison demonstrates how this is a damaging way to work through so many years of being abject and objectified. Then you realized that is came from conviction, their conviction.
It was as though some mysterious and all-knowing master had given each one of them a cloak of ugliness to wear and they had each accepted it without question" What Morrison is stating here is that the feeling of low self-worth after years of being put down is still perpetuating and is resulting in an ugliness that is constantly felt, if not directly seen.
More importantly, the narrator suggests that they accept this imposed feeling of ugliness and lack of self-worth without questioning its source and it is this accepting of self-hatred, a hatred that comes form outside the family is one of the biggest problem faced by the family.
However, it is not just the family that suffers from this feeling of polarity caused by black self-hatred, it is the entire community; the Breedlove family, while the focus of the story, is but one story among a community of many similar ones.
By presenting characters who hate themselves because of what they are told they are, which reinforces racism and the social hierarchy, Morrison attempts to work through what this self-hatred is, where it comes from, and how it has a devastating influence on the lives of people who, while physically free, are still bound by the society that keeps them hating themselves.
Unfortunately, so many of the black characters in the novel and especially those who fare the worst by the end, including the two women members of the Breedlove family, heavily internalize the powerful images of white superiority. In this society, white is seen as the only thing worth offering credence, watching, idolizing, and respecting and this is devastating to the black characters in the novel, especially those who are poor and completely unable to live up to the cultural images of white perfection.
Pauline is just as a much of a victim of these notions of white superiority as her daughter is although to slightly less tragic ends. Like many other black female characters in the novel who attempt to deny themselves an identity apart from white society and race issues, Pauline greedily devours these messages in culture though film.
Certainly, the images on the silver screen are those of whites, Clark Gabel and Jean Harlow and Pauline tried to make herself look like Harlow but is crushed when, despite her best efforts at mimicking her hair and grace, her tooth suddenly falls out, reminding her that she is not a beautiful white woman and making her hate herself even more.
Them she bent toward respectability…" Through these passages, Morrison is showing the roots of where these issues of black inferiority in the mind of African Americans stems from and how, because of frustration with being unable to live up to such standards, hatred is born and cycled on husbands and children.They also come to symbolize her own blindness, for she gains blue eyes only at the cost of her sanity.
The "bluest" eye could also mean the saddest eye. Furthermore, eye puns on I, in the sense that the novel's title uses the singular form of the noun (instead of The Bluest Eyes) to express many of the characters' sad isolation.
“Through the Eyes of a Child: Looking for Victims in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. ” In Literature and Theology at Century's End, edited by Gregory Salyer and Robert Detweiler, pp. Atlanta, Ga.: Scholars Press, Bluest Eye study guide contains a biography of Toni Morrison, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
she is obsessed with having the bluest eyes of anyone living. But the title also has "eye" in the singular by disembodying the eye, Morrison subverts the idea of beauty or standards .
Morrison wrote her Master's thesis on Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner – two of the most important figures of Briti Tone Both Claudia and the third-person narrator are deeply sympathetic. Katie Shannon 1 Mrs.
Campbell English III Honors March 15, Communal Ties in the Bluest Eye In America, white culture dictates its cultural values to society and to the other cultures within it. In The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison illustrates the effect of racism on the development of a bl.
Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humani-ties, Emeritus at Princeton University.
She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.