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Racism is the belief that one ethnic group is superior to the other In the 1930s and 1940s racism was at a very evident point as addressed in Toni Morrisons The Bluest Eye Pecula an eleven year old black girl is obsessed about wanting to change her appearances Pecula uses Shirley Temple and the color of eyes as a reference to what she thinks is the perfect American girl Pecula is longing to be liked and fit into the white society Even though Pecula has lived a stable childhood she Regresses due to getting raped and pregnantThere exists two contradictory view points in the novel The Bluest eye Pecula is an underclass citizen who lives on the poorer side of town The narrator describes this area as gray houses with slanting rotting rails Morrison 102 She is also an ugly girl according to her mom who says But I knowed she was ugly Head full of pretty hair but Lord she was ugly Morrison 126 Pecula currently lives with the MacTeers considering her family got kicked out of their apartment for a temporary time Here the reader sees Peculas obsession with blonde haired blue eyed girls Pecula as told by the narrator Was fond of the Shirley Temple cup and took every opportunity to drink milk out of it just to handle and see sweet Shirleys face Morrison 23 Peculas mom works as a maid for a white family This shows how working for whites will help her try to be part of the white society Pecula just like every other black in her time had to realize the fact that she would never be able to fit into a white society A woman may whiten her skin straighten her hair and change its color but she cannot change the color of eyes Grant She feels that she has nothing to prove if she isnt a white
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