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In the book the Bluest Eye Toni Morrison redefines American History and the place of Afro-American culture within it She reveals the microcosm of that of Afro-American cultures to the Macrocosm of all that of societies cultures She reveals the definition of beauty and the societal prejudices that are prevalent todayIt is evident throughout the book that beauty is one of the major themes that is prevalent Morrison is revealing what stereotypic look society portrays as beautiful The idealistic views on what beautiful is when there is no such thing as only certain people being beautiful the ones with blue eyes and blond hair Pecola continues to struggle with how she looks on the outside because she is broken down inside Because her pride is all stepped over she feels worthless and inferior Pecola believes once she accumulates those blue eyes she can be accepted by society and loved just like Shirley Temple Morrison uses Pecola as a character that wants blue eyes to become beautiful because society doesnt say being something different is equally qualified as beautiful Who is to judge ones beauty negatively when one has no concrete definition for beauty Morrison is revealing that one culture may believe someone is beautiful but another culture may believe that same person possesses no beauty at all She is questioning society in what it stands for and ultimately saying everyone is beautiful in someones eyes not just one race is a predominant one So what does that person classify as Can beauty be justifiedOne of the main issues Morrison gets at is societal prejudices that are prevalent even today Being a shade darker or looking different make people in this case Afro-Americans seem to think theyre inferior to once again what society thinks is acceptable Morrison uses the Breedloves and Macteer family as an example to portray the likeness of morals and their style of living in that of all families including other races
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