Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye And Tim OBrien's The Things They Carried

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Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye, and Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried, frequently portrays gender roles with distinct characteristics throughout characters behavior in both stories. Morrison details the brief, yet painful perception of beauty, Pecola, who is affected by her parent's domestic violence, is discriminated by her community, connects with the prostitutes who are also considered ugly and abhorrent. Pecola tends to obtain the beauty standard and happiness through the blue eyes in which dragged her into a mental illness. On the other hand, O’Brien focuses on the personal items each soldier carries and O'Brien's memories of Linda including his experience of the Vietnam War. Morrison and O’Brien throughout their novels gender roles are characterized by male characters which imposed dominance and superiority, but for female character traits are weak and less empowering.
Morrison begins her examination of males dominance over females with a depiction of Cholly's abusive fights with Pauline, with the children's presence. Cholly's right of power to be a man is not given in the novel instead his fight is referred to "the way a coward fights a man" (Morrison 43). Cholly and Pauline promised not to kill each other, but the fights neglected their family without providing necessities for themselves. This shows the use of violence to express masculinity, frustrations, and Cholly's male characteristics being physical strength. Morrison then starts to characterize males

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