Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye"
An analysis of Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" in terms of its message about sexuality and beauty.
# 90709 | 1,575 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)

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When it first burst onto the literary scene in 1970, Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" became an immediate sensation that brought to light the quiet desperation of many African-Americans living in the twentieth-century United States. With that in mind, this paper examines the issues of beauty, sexuality and male perversion that inform Morrison's text. In so doing, the paper examines the curious relationship between sex and beauty in the novel as well what it means for the tragic character of Pecola. Additionally, the paper looks at what racially-charged models of beauty mean for young African-American women and how the ugly idea that beauty could only be beautiful if it was/is white impacts Pecola's life in ways that are ultimately devastating.

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