Classism In The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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“‘You are ugly people’” (39). One of the first things that catch the eyes of Morrison’s readers in The Bluest Eye is the classism between her pages. Morrison digs deep into her character’s lives and sets up character flaws that will eventually fall victim to classism. Toni Morrison sets up strong foundations of classism in her book, The Bluest Eye, that shares a harsh truth between the children, adults, and ideas and concepts of beauty. To start off her book, Morrison intrigues her readers within the first page by showing tensions between the MacTeer girls and their neighbor Rosemary. Rosemary is a nosy little white girl who likes to poke fun at Claudia and Frieda MacTeer because they are not upper class like her. Rosemary’s family is more financially stable than the MacTeer family due to the fact that Mr. Villanucci owns a café. Rosemary’s family has nicer things, and Rosemary herself has more privileges than Claudia and Frieda because of her class. Rosemary, Claudia, and Frieda do not get along, and when she can Rosemary takes her chance at taunting them. Rosemary is sitting in her 1939 family Buick when she rolls down the window to tease Claudia and Frieda. Morrison tells her readers the year of the Vallanucci’s 1939 Buick to show that it is brand new and to express the fact that they can afford a brand new car. “Rosemary Villanucci, our next-door friend who lives above her father’s café, sits in a 1939 Buick eating bread and butter. She rolls down the window to tell my

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