The Bluest Eye research paper

The Bluest Eye research paper - Jalm 1 Kim Jalm Professor...

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Jalm 1 Kim Jalm Professor Mallonee ENC 1102 10 October 2006 Obsessed with Beauty The Bluest Eye , by Toni Morrison, addresses the issues of racism through the eyes of a then younger Claudia who is now a grown woman. Even though slavery was abolished in the 1860’s, the lives of blacks did not get any better. The free blacks are referred to as freedmen. Even though they are not considered slaves" or personal property, all of their rights have yet to be restored and they are still seen as lesser men than whites. In the United States to this day, we put extreme emphasis on beauty. People are never too thin, and are never pretty enough. Models and celebrities constantly morph their bodies to societies liking. Plastic surgery, for some, is not an addiction, but the only edge one may have against the political views. From one trend to the next, someone can transform their body to fit the physical appearance people want to see. The theme of The Bluest Eye pinpoints a minority's vision on the superior race. According to Valerie Boyd, Toni Morrison tells an ugly story beautifully. The protagonist of the novel is Pecola Breedlove, who is eleven years old and has been emotionally abused her whole life. She is surrounded by ugliness, which is presented to her through her parents, her peers, and her own perceptions. Morrison has molded her from her own experiences with her peers as a child (Boyd). Morrison herself was presented with the same troubles as Pecola. “One of her classmates revealed a sorrowful secret: She had been imploring God to give her blue eyes” (Gillan). At this time, it was
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Jalm 2 assumed that whites were treated differently because of their color and appearance. Shirley Temple is used symbolically as the white icon of beauty. In 1934, at the age of 6, Shirley Temple dimpled and danced her way into the hearts of millions with the movie Stand Up and Cheer. This movie, along with the ones that followed, made her the most popular movie star of the Depression era. Her smiling face made people forget their troubles, and though the Depression is now long over, Shirley Temple's "sparkle" has proven itself to be timeless ( Shirley Temple, Dolls, and Collectibals ). Claudia MacTeer is the nine year old protagonist and narrator. Claudia has come to the realization that love comes within herself; she is not loved from her outside appearance, she feels loved because she first loves herself. Her relatives present her with gifts of Shirley Temple dolls, which she rips apart “to see of what it was made, to discover the dearness, to find the beauty, the desirability that had escaped me, but apparently only me” (Kuenz). Claudia dismembers the dolls to figure out what it is that
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