Examples Of Double Consciousness In The Bluest Eye

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Sr. Deena David
Double consciousness in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison, the first black women Nobel Prize winner, in her first novel, The Bluest Eye depicts the tragic condition of the blacks in racist America. It examines how the ideologies perpetuated by the dominant groups and adopted by the marginal groups influence the identity of the black women. Through the depictions of white beauty icons, Morrison’s black characters lose themselves to self-hatred. They try to obliterate their heritage, and eventually like Pecola Breedlove, the child protagonist, who yearns for blue eyes, have no recourse except madness. This assignment focusses on double consciousness and its devastating effects on Pecola.
Double consciousness is a term coined by W.E.B. DuBois to describe an individual whose identity is divided into several facets. He describes double consciousness in his The Souls of Black Folk as, “It is a peculiar sensation, this double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”(2) The theory of double consciousness is the …show more content…

In Prejudice and Your Child, Kenneth Clark discloses that “racial awareness is present in Negro children as young as three years old” (19). He adds: As children develop an awareness of racial differences and of their racial identity, they also develop an awareness and acceptance of the prevailing social attitudes and values attached to race and skin colour . . . the child knows that he must be identified with something that is being rejected—and something that he himself rejects. This pattern introduces, early in the formation of the personality of these children, a fundamental conflict about themselves.

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