Power and Impotence in "The Bluest Eye" Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Power and Impotence in "The Bluest Eye"
A discussion on the power and impotence in Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye".
# 138419 | 750 words | 3 sources | MLA | 1970 | US
Published on Dec 01, 1970 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper discusses how whiteness blankets almost everything in the novel "The Bluest Eye", from the pop culture references to the language, to superstition and mysticism. The paper focuses on the idea that through the dominant gaze, whiteness appears perfect and the norm- when in actuality it is far from normal.

From the Paper:

"Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" seeks to discuss power and impotence through language, superstition and popular culture. All these examples of power and impotence in the novel form a perception that the whiter and more Aryan, the more perfect a person is: this is the idea that the dominant gaze is white, promoting whiteness. Toni Morrison really hits home with how destructive these predominant, oppressive ideas can be on a family and a community that is "other," or "outside" what is perceived as normal. The book itself tells the story of Pecola, a young African-American girl living in Lorain, Ohio. She moves in with a family that includes Claudia..."

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Power and Impotence in "The Bluest Eye" (1970, December 01) Retrieved June 06, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/power-and-impotence-in-the-bluest-eye-138419/

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"Power and Impotence in "The Bluest Eye"" 01 December 1970. Web. 06 June. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/power-and-impotence-in-the-bluest-eye-138419/>