Bluest Eye is a famous novel that portrays racism towards African-Americans.
The term “racism” is usually utilized contrarily. It is generally connected
with race-based partiality and segregation. The dark-skinned individuals are
mostly claimed to be the underprivileged ones because they are being dominated
by the whites. The thought of black self-hatred can be clearly identified in
this novel by Tony Morrison as most of the black characters feel they are as
useless since they have not accomplished the standard of white people
specifically in terms of looks.
MacTeers and Breedloves in this
novel are two dark and financially unfortunate African-American families. The
character of Pecola in The Bluest Eye longs to have blue eyes to accomplish a
worthy position in the community. She is an underestimated and persecuted character.
Her skin shading, social class, and the family do not permit her an equivalent
status with other white young ladies. Double consciousness portrays the
individual impression of feeling just as own personality is partitioned into a
few sections, making it difficult to have one bound together character. W.E.B
Du Bois mentioned that since American blacks have lived in a general public
that has downgraded them that it has turned out to be troublesome for them to
bring together their dark personality with their American character (Dickson 299-309).
Pecola’s self-hatred on race is appeared
by her fascination to have blue eyes. Without the blue eyes, she supposes she
is horrible and useless. She is always attracted by the appearance of Shirley
Temple and Mary Jane. The one and only option that Pecola chose to be pleased
is by changing her appearance into the traits of white people especially the
blue eyes and turning out to be rationally crazy, to the point where the
community is even less tolerating of her along these lines than in her original
appearance. Moreover, the Breedloves family consider too much and uphold the
thought that beauty lies based on the eyes of whites only.
Blacks disguise the predominant
culture’s thoughts of a prevalent goodness related with “whiteness”
and a physical and mental nastiness related with “blackness”. The
character of Geraldine is a dark lady who is unsatisfied with her darkness and
tries hard to get rid of her original look. She is a character who suits well for
the term internalized racism. When
Geraldine first observed Pecola, she sees the “blackness” within
her. In the story, it is written as,
“She looked at Pecola. Saw the dirty torn dress, the plaits sticking out on her
head, hair matted where the plaits had come undone.” Geraldine’s response to
Pecola’s appearance reminded her of the darkness she was attempting to get rid
of. Pecola’s “blackness” resembles filthiness which leads Geraldine to label her
as a young black bitch and chase her out.
Morrison is extremely cautious to
bring up that individuals are not conceived with the inclination to hurt other
individuals, they are instructed to do as such when they themselves are harmed.
For instance, Pauline, Mrs. Breedlove. She reacts by embracing the oppressor’s
of racism talk, especially the talk on physical appearance. She abandons Pecola
and not looking after her or anybody in the family. Pecola is conceived with
this belief of only white is beautiful. Pauline has set all her care in her
activity and she has disguised the message that dark is ugly and white is
excellent to such a degree, to the point that she considers Pecola to be a
monstrous bundle of dark hair when she is conceived. She and Cholly appear to
have given Pecola no affection and food.
Breedlove, Geraldine, and Pecola are Black female characters who worship the white
female appearance. These black female characters hate their dark skin which
causes self-hatred as well in the process of fitting themselves into the white
society. They were equipped with the thought
that black is ugly and white is beauty since young. Most of the black female
characters in The Bluest Eyes admired the white appearance, Claudia Macteer
rejects the thought of white as beauty.
When she is given a doll in white, as a gift for Christmas, she analyzes
it to discover what is fascinating about it that all the ladies are longing
for. During childhood days, Claudia and her sister Frieda felt very much satisfied
with their skin color. Claudia says, “Guileless and without vanity, we were
still in love with ourselves then. We felt comfortable in our skins, enjoyed
the news that our senses released to us, admired our dirt, cultivated our
scars, and could not comprehend this unworthiness.”
MacTeers try not to have it as terrible as the Breedloves do. Mr. MacTeer views
it as his resolute obligation to accommodate his family and to guarantee his
daughters childhood in the acknowledged ethical quality of their chance. Not
one or the other has sufficient energy or the passionate vitality to support
their girls. They regard Claudia and Frieda as household items, which are badly
arranged, yet important to tend to. Mrs. MacTeer does not look after them in a
idea of self-disgust can be identified in this novel by Tony Morrison as most
of the black characters see themselves as useless since they have not
accomplished the white standard of elegance and charm. In this manner, Toni Morrison managed the
significant issue of racism and sexuality of the dark Africans who were living
in America. They were abundantly disregarded and abused by the men and ladies
of white skin.