Literature's Unique Talent: The Bluest Eye, Night, Flowers for Algernon

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Literature functions as a unique venue to communicate social injustices to society by letting the readers experience the bias treatment through words and how the characters felt. This makes the readers connect and think more deeply about the injustices that are happening in the world today. In The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, Night, written by Elie Wiesel, and Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, each author uses literary devices such as tone, symbolism, and character to inform society of its injustices. However, each writer approaches the theme of social injustices differently with their unique descriptions and styles. On the other hand, the authors also use imagery and theme in similar ways to emphasize the sufferings that…show more content…
Prettier people are more praised than average people. This makes the ordinary people constantly doubt themselves and lower their self-confidence. Pecola’s character can be categorize as one of those average people, or as she refers to herself, one of the “ugly people.” Morrison creates her character with an abusive past, displaying multiple injustices through her. For example, the abuse that she suffers from society was due to her self-belief that she was ugly, so instead of defending herself, she puts up with the social abuse. The author portrays the idea of being accepted by society through whatever means will only destroy oneself in the end, as stated on page 158, “The damage done was total.” In Night, by Elie Wiesel, the author uses a frustrated tone to show how the injustice of the Holocaust impacted Eliezer. On page 67, Eliezer expresses his frustration towards God: "Why, but why should I bless Him? In every fiber, I rebelled. Because He had had thousands of children burned in his pits? Because He kept six crematories working night and day, on Sundays and feast days? Because on His great might, He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many factories of death? How could I say to Him: Blessed be Thou, Almighty, Master of the Universe, who chose us among all nations to be tortured day and night, to watch as our fathers, our mother, our brothers end up in

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