LCS BLUEST EYE - Blasius 1 Michael Blasius Dr. Dalessio LCS...

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Blasius 1 Michael Blasius Dr. Dalessio LCS 121 6 November 2007 Escaping Destiny: The Plight of African-Americans All people are born with traits and qualities which will follow them throughout their entire lives. Their predispositions will dominate and heavily influence the lives they lead, ultimately deciding how successful and fulfilling their lives turn out to be. As well as their traits from birth, people’s heritage also affects how a person’s life plays out, especially in the lives of African-Americans. These two aspects combined easily determined the fate of African-Americans. In the novel The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and the short story Everyday Use by Alice Walker, the African-American characters have paths in life which are predetermined by their African heritage, the traits which they were born with, and the events which shape their lives. Each work illustrates how African-Americans with both positive and negative predispositions fall victim to their fates which are decided upon their birth and during the events which destiny has deemed to control their lives outcomes.
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Blasius 2 In The Bluest Eye , a young black girl, Pecola, is born to an abusive father and a cold-hearted mother whom have a dysfunctional marriage. In addition to her less than optimal parents, Pecola is also ugly; she yearns for the blue eyes which she was painfully born without. Together, these disadvantages predetermine Pecola’s path in life. Because of her blackness, she cannot escape society’s prejudice against her. People do not look at her or even acknowledge her existence which causes her to become shy and unconfident in her social interactions. During Pecola’s experience in the candy store, her sense of unworthiness is further cemented in the lines The gray head of Mr. Yacobowski looms up over the counter. He urges his eyes out of his thoughts to encounter her. Slowly, like Indian summer moving imperceptibly toward fall, he looks toward her. Somewhere between retina and object, between vision and view, his eyes draw back, hesitate, and hover. At some fixed point in time and space he senses that he need not waste the effort of a glance. He does not see her, because for him there is nothing to see. (Morrison 48)
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