The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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She is pulled in two separate directions, confusion filling her mind, not knowing whether to doubt herself or listen to her screaming thoughts. in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, we meet Claudia, a young girl growing up in a puzzling environment. Claudia is growing up in an era where society’s ideology has been carved out by a single group—White America. Beauty is one of the aspects that is forged by this group. Claudia is aware of what society tells her: beautiful is blue eyes and blond hair, and it is not dynamic. Her awareness takes her on a muddled journey, where she confronts societal views. At first, Claudia shows a fierce resistance to society’s standards. Claudia rejects Shirley Temple and white dolls, representatives of what society found beautiful. She “[hates] Shirley,” (Morrison 19) and destroys the white doll that is gifted to her. Through these actions we can see that Claudia does not believe white is beautiful, and ultimately hates society’s perception of beauty. However, at Claudia’s “turning point,” (19) a point that seems to be Claudia’s point of maturity, Claudia acquires a better understanding of beauty It is unclear whether Claudia valiantly rejects White Beauty, or gruesomely succumbs to society’s standards. At this point Claudia says she learned to “love [Shirley]” (19). However, this appeal to Shirley is eventually labeled “fraudulent love” (23). Morrison makes it unclear to which side Claudia falls one—rejection or acceptance. What might an analysis…

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