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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison was written during the Black Revolt of the 1960s At a time when Negroes were not going to allow themselves to be segregated from the white people anymore Toni Morrison uses her story to invite the readers into the lives of black people in this time She allows us to view different perspectives through children of different social classes and through the parents upbringings Although she doesnt base her story on the racial differences of whites and blacks she focuses on the racism throughout the black community This also allows the reader to see further into the lives of blacks not only is there prejudices of whites but also from those less black against those that are very darkClaudia and Frieda are just beginning to realize the prejudice around them They had felt content with themselves enjoying their scars and dirt until Maureen Peal entered their lives the prettier and more cute Maureen They want to be her but hate her at the same time They admire her beauty and class but they despise that which makes her better than they are They fail to see that they in fact are nicer and brighter At the beginning of the story they help Pecola when she begins menstruation and they continue to keep Pecola in their thoughts and prayers after she gets pregnant They are not like the Maureens of the world in that they dont flaunt what they have and try to make themselves higher above the rest They are only lesser in the way that others view them Of course people will smile at Maureen and try to be her friend but only to better their own image She is not a real genuine person People dont like her for who she is
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