The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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All too often, people are judged based on their appearance, causing them to pretend to be someone they truly are not. This is true in the instance of racism, which is a socially constructed idea discriminating against people based on their skin color (Takaki). The people that are victims of this discrimination will sometimes internalize their feelings when they are separated by a community. Psychoanalytic theory is seen in a text depicting a character who is motivated by psychological desires or conflicts. It will show how the human experience is defined by psychological struggle (Tyson). In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the character Pecola Breedlove internalizes her discrimination due to her skin color and her family reputation. By the end of the novel, she is shunned by the community, and she has no choice but to be her own friend. Pecola is raped by her father, which causes her to personify her doubts in an attempt to obtain compliments for her blue eyes, as she subconsciously avoids rejection by her community. According to the society in which she lives, when Pecola is raped by her father, the community treats her as an outcast because she could have prevented her pregnancy. Claudia and Frieda overhear women talking while they are selling seeds, and one of the women says, “She carry some of the blame… How come she didn’t fight him [Cholly]?” (Morrison 189). Her community believes that Pecola is equally responsible for being raped, even though the same people admit

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