Toni Morrison Influence On Society

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During the 20th century, there were many changes regarding African Americans. Public racial discrimination became illegal in the mid 1900s, thanks to many civil rights activists. There were also many authors and poets that wrote about African American culture or discrimination, such as Maya Angelou and Alice Walker. One very important author before this time, through it, and long after is Toni Morrison. Toni Morrison’s childhood influenced her strong confidence in her race. Morrison was born on February 18, 1931. Her birth name was Chloe Wofford (“Toni Morrison.” EXPLORING). Growing up, Morrison learned a lot about the African American culture. Almost all of Toni Morrison’s family members were storytellers, and they taught Morrison a lot about African American history (“Toni Morrison.” UXL). The things she learned as a child set the foundation for her continuing love of her culture.…show more content…
The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, received good reviews (Benson, Brannen, and Valentine). The book focuses on a young black girl who wishes she had blonde hair and blue eyes, which she perceives as beautiful (“Toni Morrison.” Encyclopedia). She associates her dark skin, dark eyes, and dark hair with ugliness. She believes her dark skin to be the reason she is bullied at school and abused at home (“Toni Morrison.” DIScovering). In this story, Toni Morrison brought to life the thoughts that many young African American girls truly have.
Morrison has published many successful books. One of her stories that became a huge success was Beloved. Beloved tells the true story of a runaway slave that killed her infant to save her from a life of slavery (Benson, Brannon, and Valentine). Beloved has been described as “a brutally powerful, mesmerizing story about the inescapable, excruciating legacy of slavery” (“Toni Morrison.” UXL). Beloved was easily one of Morrison’s best books.
Beloved received many mixed reviews. A large group of African American writers
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