Racism In The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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The Bluest Eye written by Toni Morrison is a very remarkable and noteworthy work of English Literature. ‘The bluest eye’ brings fourth the perception of community in which a racist belief is internalized. Toni Morrison presents a complicated depiction of racism of an African American girl called Pecola Breedlove who hurts because of her physical appearance, colour and family origin. These sufferings are distinctly psychological as opposed to being physical. The novel poignantly illustrates the psychological devastation of Pecola, who is in an endless pursuit for acceptance and love in a world that wholly denies and degrades people of her own race, Pecola longs for blue eyes so that she can be portrayed as beautiful by western cultural criterions.…show more content…
It was undoubtedly a traumatic experience for the individuals who were once slaves to the ravaging forces of slavery. Mayhems were brought up within the black and the white rupture. Toni Morrison has given much reader a reason to reconceptualise their approaches to racism by penetrating profoundly into the tormenting after effects of slavery to African American’s. By using her imagination, historical element and tradition she creates a very intricate and elaborate illustration of racism. Morrison feels that it is imperative that we understand just how mass culture touches, influences and shapes our values and our beliefs. Morrison portrays racism as a ‘definite evil’ by portraying to influence of cultural ideas and approaching the African Americans’ different spiritual responses, this novel shows just how racial oppression works in the form of white defined beauty internalization and explains it damaging and horrific effect on African Americans and their families within the society. She also depicts that black community with regards to the inner struggle of individuals The comparison of Maureen’s light skin considered as beautiful and Pecola’s dark skin perceived as ugly is a perfect example of how Toni Morrison provided the reader with proof that ‘The Bluest Eye’ isn’t debating the exclusion of the act of racism, but the issues of the pressure put on the African American race to adapt to destructive cultural principles and standards. Morrison reflects on how Pecola longs for true identity but according to society and her culture, beautiful and is seen as being white with blue yes. What is sure throughout this novel are the effects of racism which are horrible and crippling, the power of survival in oppressed communities has maintained traditions and continuity throughout a history that has been committed to their

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