Thursday, March 28, 2019
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morisson :: Toni Morisson The Bluest Eye
Toni Morissons novel The Bluest Eye is about the lifespan of the Breedlove family who resides in Lorain, Ohio, in the late 1930s. This family consists of the m opposite Pauline, the father Cholly, the son Sammy, and the female child Pecola. The novels focal point is the daughter, an eleven-year-old Black girl who is trying to conquer a bout with self-hatred. Everyday she encounters racism, not just from sporty people, only broadly from her own race. In their eyes she is much too dark, and the darkness of her peel off nearlyhow implies that she is inferior, and according to everyone else, her skin makes her even uglier. She feels she can overcome this participation of self-hatred by obtaining blue eyes, but not just every blue. She wants the bluest eye. Morrison is able to use her critical eye to reveal to the reader the condemnable that is caused by a society that is indoctrinated by the inherent goodness and peach tree of whiteness and the ugliness of blackness. She uses m any different writing tools to depict how white beliefs prolong dominated American and African American culture. The narrative expression of The Bluest Eye is important in revealing just how pervasive and mordant social racism is. Narration in novel comes from several sources. ofttimes of the narration comes from Claudia MacTeer as a nine year old child, but Morrison also gives the reader the insight of Claudia reflecting on the story as an adult, some first person narration from Pecolas mother, and narration by Morrison herself as an wise narrator. Pecolas experiences would have less meaning coming from Pecola herself because a total and stand in victim would be an unreliable narrator, unwilling or unable to appertain the actual circumstances of that year. Claudia, from her youthful innocence, is able to see and relate how the other characters, especially Pecola, idolize the ideal of beauty presented by white, blue-eyed image stars like little Shirley Temple. In addition to narrative structure, the structure and writing of the novel itself help to illustrate how much and for how long white ideas of family and blank space have been forced into black culture. Instead of conventional chapters and sections, The Bluest Eye is upturned up into seasons, fall, winter, spring, and summer. This type of organization suggests that the events described in The Bluest Eye have occurred before, and will occur again. This kind of cycle suggests that thither is notion that there is no escape from the cycle of life that Breedloves and MacTeer live in.