Racism In The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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Set in the 1940’s, Toni Morrison’s novel “The Bluest Eye” is a tale of Pecola, a young Negro girl shunned by society for being ugly due to her skin colour and appearance. Morrison explores life in America during the late 60s and early 70s in which American culture was influenced predominantly by the white race. Using a creative approach, Toni Morrison explores the white ideal that the Negro population strives to attain to shed light on an arguably different kind of racism. Through the use of characterization and symbols, she explores the existence of internal racism within the Negro culture by exposing the reader to multiple white ideals that cause conflict in the novel as a means to represent the white race as superior.

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Pecola’s obsession with attaining blue eyes is a representation of the ideals of beauty in America, which was inarguably, a white individual. Morrison uses this technique and characterizes Pecola as The epitome of suffering in the novel, Pecola is shunned because she is described as the opposite of the expressed beauty ideal in the society. She connects beauty with being loved and believes that if she possesses blue eyes – a characteristic most commonly present in the white population - the cruelty in her life will be replaced by affection and respect. This can be used to highlight the perspectives held by the Negro community about the white American population who are a representation of higher class, respect and …show more content…
Morrison introduces the adult character Geraldine late in the novel in order to depict this same-race racism as widely spread among the ages. Geraldine’s minimal association with the white race is the fact that she is lighter skinned than the average Negro. Constantly boasting about her association to whiteness, Geraldine warns her son that there are obvious “differences between colored people and niggers…colored people are neat and quiet; niggers are dirty and loud” (Page 87). As she openly expresses her distaste for the lower class Negro society, Geraldine also highlights that the white population is represented as classy and snobbish by undermining everyone that is not of the same colour. Even though Geraldine is Negro, she embraces her “whiteness” by constantly referring to herself as coloured and a separate

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