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Toni Morissons novel The Bluest Eye is about the life of the Breedlove family who resides in Lorain Ohio in the late 1930s This family consists of the mother Pauline the father Cholly the son Sammy and the daughter Pecola The novels focal point is the daughter an eleven-year-old Black girl who is trying to conquer a bout with self-hatred Everyday she encounters racism not just from white people but mostly from her own race In their eyes she is much too dark and the darkness of her skin somehow implies that she is inferior and according to everyone else her skin makes her even uglier She feels she can overcome this battle of self-hatred by obtaining blue eyes but not just any blue She wants the bluest eye Morrison is able to use her critical eye to reveal to the reader the evil that is caused by a society that is indoctrinated by the inherent goodness and beauty of whiteness and the ugliness of blackness She uses many different writing tools to depict how white beliefs have dominated American and African American culture The narrative structure of The Bluest Eye is important in revealing just how pervasive and destructive social racism is Narration in novel comes from several sources Much of the narration comes from Claudia MacTeer as a nine year old child but Morrison also gives the reader the insight of Claudia reflecting on the story as an adult some first person narration from Pecolas mother and narration by Morrison herself as an omniscient narrator Pecolas experiences would have less meaning coming from Pecola herself because a total and complete victim would be an unreliable narrator unwilling or unable to relate the actual circumstances of that year Claudia from her youthful innocence is able to see and relate how the other characters especially Pecola idolize the ideal of beauty presented by white blue-eyed movie stars like little Shirley Temple In addition to narrative
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