The Bluest Eye Morrison 's Message Of Beauty Essay

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In the novel The Bluest Eye Morrison 's message of beauty is related to society 's perception and acceptance of white culture and its impact on African Americans that causes them to question their self worth in a racist society; the author demonstrates these concepts through, direct characterization, symbols, and various point of views that highlight the serious problem of psychological oppression on young African American children in which racism impacts their self perception of their beauty by society 's limited standard of white beauty. The first example of direct characterization in the novel is when the omniscient narrator describes the Breedlove family, the narrator describes how they viewed themselves as ugly: “They lived there because they were poor and black, and stayed there because they believed they were ugly” (38). As a whole we see how society treats blacks as well as the unequal opportunities they have. The Breedloves ugliness goes deeper than just their physical features, it is the psychological impact that racism plays in society that makes them question their self worth. The word poor gives us background knowledge of their awful living conditions within their neighborhood. Their daily living situation also plays a key role in the way their are socially oppressed. The Breedloves live in a old run down house that affects their mental state. The family as a whole has a pessimistic attitude about life that shows that they have no attention in bettering their…

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