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Literature has often been used to send a message a morality to its readers When freedom of speech was not recognized yet some writers like Voltaire or Montesquieu for example wrote books not only to amuse but also to criticize and make references of the society they lived in Indeed during the middle Ages Renaissance but also during the XXIII century writers could be sentenced to death if they did not agree with the kings imposed laws that the population had to follow Therefore it has been seen that a novel with a very common story could in reality be an accurate reference to the societys flaws Even though literature often makes references to the real worlds society to what extend is this true in the Bluest Eyes Toni Morrisons novel The Bluest Eyes takes place in 1941 in the town where the author grew up Lorain in Ohio Indeed the story contains lots of autobiographical elements which therefore also make a reference to real society The story is told from the point of view of a nine year old girl named Claudia MacTeer which is the age Toni Morrison would have been the year the novel takes place Like the MacTeer family Toni Morrisons family struggled during the Great depression The Bluest Eyes symbolize Pecolas will to have blue eyes Pecola a young a black girl associate being beautiful happy and loved with having blue eyes like white people Toni Morisson here makes a reference to a common idealization at the time that consisted in considering whiteness as a standard of beauty For example Maureen Peal who is lighter skinned is immediately said cuter than the other black girls We also find in the novel a reference to the fact that Hollywood movie stars were all white black people were made to believe that the only way to succeed in life and be happy was to be white On the other hand
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