The Bluest Eye And Bastard Out Of Carolina Analysis

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The two novels “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison and “Bastard Out of Carolina” by Dorothy Allison touch on social problems that have developed due to a racist, classist, and sexist society. The main characters in the novels, Pecola Breedlove and Ruth Anne “Bone” Boatwright suffer similar traumatic experiences despite their differences in physical appearance. Throughout the analysis, I will demonstrate the role that race, family structure, class, and power play in Pecola and Bone’s lives.
Pecola, a dark skinned Black girl from Lorain, Ohio, lives in a storefront house with her parents, Cholly and Pauline Breedlove, and older brother, Sammy Breedlove. Throughout the novel, Pecola does not come into contact with many white people, which is understandable
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The first similarity is the role that classism plays in both girls’ lives. For Bone, she is looked down upon and treated poorly by upper class white people. Throughout the novel, Anne reiterates to Bone that just because they are poor, it does not mean that they are bad people (Allison 82). She states, "Were not even really poor. Anybody says something to you, you keep that in mind. [We are] not bad people. And we pay our way. We just [cannot] pay when people want” (Allison 82). Anne does her best to protect Bone from believing she is anything less because they are poor. She hates "to be called trash” (Allison 3) and when Bone’s birth certificate reads illegitimate at the bottom, it rubs Anne the wrong way. "The stamp on that birth certificate burned her like the stamp she knew they [would have ] tried to put on her. No-good, lazy, shiftless” (Allison 3). For Pecola, although she is poor, it is not reiterated as much throughout the novel. This could be because Pecola’s problems are not as focused on class as they with race. For example, she does not pray to live in a mansion or own expensive things. Instead, what she wants is to look in the mirror and see herself as beautiful. To her, being beautiful is to be white and that is why she asks for blue eyes.
The relationship dynamic displayed throughout both novels recapitulates how men believe they have the power to carry out behaviors based off of their own emotions, regardless of others. In “The Bluest Eye,” Cholly responds to Pauline’s dependence on him early on within their marriage by withdrawing from the relationship and becoming violent. In addition, he 's molests Pecola because he is aware of how “young, hopeless, and helpless” (Morrison 161) she is. He makes sense of his behavior by believing he is a “free

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