The Bluest Eye Oppression

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Shane Fable Humanities Honors Sainclivier 9-1-16 The Oppressiveness of Oppressive language The Bluest Eye, a novel by American Author Toni Morrison, tackles the constant issues during a time where Blacks were almost looked at as non-human, and provides the reader with the internal feelings and ideas that a certain black girl possesses and adores. The Bluest Eye is a novel about racism, yet finds ways to avoid specific examples of oppressions towards blacks from whites, like many other novels discussing the same issues do such as To Kill a Mockingbird. The Bluest Eye gives a more complex depiction of racism. While at times, the characters receive direct oppression, the majority of times that the characters experience any sort of racism are…show more content…
Racism takes hold of the characters in many indirect ways. Claudia experiences the destructiveness of this idea that white is more beautiful and takes her aggression out towards her white doll, which only brings her shame and punishment. The Novel provides a certain standard for the idea of beauty. This standard being the “whiteness” someone possesses, giving a depiction of the ways that internal ideas towards white beauty and the idea that either you “have it or you don’t" destroys the lives of black girls and woman. The novel also depicts ideas and actions of oppression that involve the forced sex Pecola’s father has with her. Even when discussing such a controversial topic, Morrison finds a way to avoid using vulgar and gross vocabulary. An example of this, was in the second prologue, “It never occurred to either of us that the earth itself might have been unyielding. We had dropped our seeds in our own little plot of black dirt just as Pecola’s father had dropped his seeds in his own plot of black dirt. Our innocence and faith were no more productive than his lust or despair.” This quote brings to light the failure that Claudia and Frieda had when attempting to grow marigolds and
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