The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison Essay

1306 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
In 2010, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported 13.1 million cosmetic procedure and 218,909 of those were performed on boys and girls ages 13-19. Over the years, one of the major issues linking different generations is beauty. Everyone strives to be beautiful, older people strive to look younger and teenagers/young girls strive to look older, it is a vicious cycle. In The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, young Pecola Breedlove strives to become what she was told is beauty, white skin and blue eyes. In the 1940’s and today, young girls are expected to aspire to be beautiful so much they change their appearance even if it can lead to self destruction. Throughout history, there have been women who have been seen as the epitome of beauty and girls are expected to want to be like them. In the 1940’s, the popular Shirley Temple doll was introduced, young girls were expected to want to be like just like the small porcelain doll. “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 treasured” (Morrison 20). With over 10.5 million barbie dolls are sold every year, we are telling young girls to idolize and strive to be Barbie. Idolizing these unrealistic set of standards set by these dolls we are telling young girls that is what you are supposed to look like. This can later cause teenage girls to develop eating disorders, to get plastic surgery, and overall lower self…

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