The Bluest Eye : Racism And Self Worth Essay

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Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye: Racism and Self Worth
Ever since the beginning of American history, race has played a role on how people view themselves, whites being the higher value versus blacks. In Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye, Morrison unveils the values of the social community and how white standards affect how African-Americans value themselves. The life of Pecola Breedlove depicts how the social pedestal can make a 12 year old black girl feel unloved, and ultimately corrupt her life at a young age. Morrison also shows the ultimate breakdown of internalized and institutionalized racism, which is huge on how other characters in the novel see their own race and how they see themselves versus others during the time period of the 1940s. The self-esteem issues in the novel and the desire to have blue eyes placed on Pecola and other characters were based off of the racism and the mentally destructive societal standards of beauty and self-worth.
From the beginning of young Pecola’s life, she was never claimed as beautiful, she was never truly loved. “But I knowed she was ugly. Head full of pretty hair, but Lord she was ugly” (Morrison 98). Pecola’s mother, Pauline, found no real beauty in her own daughter from the time she was born. She labeled her as ugly without a second thought. How could a mother truly believe that her own child is ugly? Based on how Pauline sees herself she sees the same for her child. Pauline doesn’t believe that her own beauty is beautiful…

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