Barriers Of Social Justice In The Bluest Eye

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Superiority: Ground Work of Social Justice Barrier
Compare to 20th century, our society significantly demolished the barrier of social justice. In The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison accentuate the barriers of equal opportunity in our society in the 20th century by using the actual setting and background, which means she primarily focused on the of social justice specifically in the 20th century. After I finished the novel, I searched the definition of social justice on assorted websites, and my own definition of social justice is the sharing the equal amount of profit or freedom, and do not sacrifice one for one another, and people should treat equally without any prejudice based on gender, race, religion, and wealth, etc. Unfortunately, in The
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Not many books talk about barrier of social justice based on their appearances, but in The Bluest Eye, they mentioned about appearance barrier. To refer about the barrier in the beginning of the story, the text related the appearance with the race, "Adults, older girls, shops, magazines, newspapers, window signs – all the world had agreed that a blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned doll was what every girl child treasured. (20)" American culture judge whiteness, blue eyes and yellow hair as the standard of beauty. Each person consists of their own beauty, and people should admit their own beauty without any bigotry. Unfortunately, this standard of beauty still valid in the 21st century. Furthermore, author refer how barrier of appearance effect one 's psychology and their thought by referring Pecola, "It had occurred to Pecola some time ago that if her eyes, those eyes that held the picture, and knew the sights – if those eyes of hers were different, that is to say, beautiful, she herself would be different. (46)" Pecola has the hideous appearance in The Bluest Eye and she also thought herself as ugly, and her belief established pressure on her mentality. Due to the pressure, she long for the bluest eyes, standard of the beauty. She believed if she has the bluest eyes, other people might treat her better, and she might see the world better. Moreover, how people change their behavior due to others ' …show more content…
Gender, class, race and even appearance were part of social justice readers can see in the story. Males are putting down the females because they are weaker than them. Wealth decides the almost whole life of one 's life, and it is hard to go upper class from the lower class. Moreover, still there is some discrimination on colored skin people in American society. Lastly, one 's appearance is taking a huge role these days, and the standard of beauty is still whiteness. Surprisingly, these social justice barriers are still in our society and taking a major role. In the last chapter, Frieda and Claudia put their money and marigold seeds in the ground. They believed if their flowers bloom, Pecola 's baby will live. Sadly, nothing positively happened to Pecola, and this is the proof that Morrison had the pessimistic view of the barriers to overcome, and I think our today 's society is the proof of her pessimistic view. The story was written in the mid-20th century, but still in our society we are facing the barriers of social justice in our society that happened in the 20th century. Most cases of injustice in her fiction were structural. Injustice cannot happen in person, and it is a whole society that causes the injustice. For example, at the end of the story, Pecola destroyed mentally and no one actually helped her, although it was all of them who destroyed Pecola. Everyone says no

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