Links Between Past and Present in Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" Analytical Essay

Links Between Past and Present in Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye"
An essay exploring the character of Cholly in Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye."
# 4794 | 2,545 words | 0 sources | MLA | 1999 | US
Published on May 23, 2002 in English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (1950-Present) , Literature (American)


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The paper begins with a look at the stereotypical character Cholly portrays and how Cholly fits the stereotype. The paper then introduces Cholly's psychological background and history and analyzes his behavior. Finally, the paper explores why Morrison made the stylistic choices she did in dealing with the character of Cholly.

From the Paper:

"By raping Pecola, Cholly was taking his revenge on women, making himself the victor in a battle that he lost as a child and demonstrating that he is not helpless. He is, in effect, abandoning Pecola by raping her, even before he physically leaves his family. The moment he rapes her, he is no longer a father figure (if he ever indeed was) but a source of pain, and a thief of her innocence, as his parents were to him. She is left to bear a premature child that dies moments after it is born, as Cholly, in a sense, did, with his slow transformation into inhumanity that began at birth. As with Cholly, the fault of the death of Pecola’s child was the fault of no one in particular, but of the horrible surrounding circumstances that seem to have passed from generation to generation."

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