Painful Love in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

When discussing Toni Morrison and her novels, it’s tempting to talk about race since her body of work addresses that subject in such powerful ways. However, in an interview, Morrison stated that she actually writes “about the same thing…which is how people relate to one another and miss it or hang on to…or are tenacious … Read morePainful Love in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

The Unexamined Other: Confronting the Social Hypocrisy of Maureen in The Bluest Eye

The Unexamined Other:Confronting the Social Hypocrisy of Maureen in The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye explores the darkest depths of human depravity in the face of intersecting race, class and gender discrimination. However, the attribute that renders Morrison’s narrative unique is her desire to humanize apparently “bad” or “morally corrupt” characters by … Read moreThe Unexamined Other: Confronting the Social Hypocrisy of Maureen in The Bluest Eye

Morrison Deconstructs White Standards of Beauty in The Bluest Eye

In The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison questions the origin and validity of truths imposed by white standards of beauty. The white standard of beauty is defined in terms of not being black, so in turn, blacks equate beauty with being white. Morrison examines this assumption in terms of its origin and validity, its growth and … Read moreMorrison Deconstructs White Standards of Beauty in The Bluest Eye

The Music and Silence of The Bluest Eye

Among Toni Morrison’s works, “images of music pervade her work, but so also does a musical quality of language, a sound and rhythm that permeate and radiate in every novel” (Rigney 8). This rhythmic style of writing is particularly evident in The Bluest Eye. There is a struggle between musical language and silence throughout the … Read moreThe Music and Silence of The Bluest Eye

Absolutely Nothing: The Problem with Cholly Breedlove

Humans sometimes become infatuated with certain emotions, to the point of letting these emotions control them: a single force such as anger drives their motives and controls who they become. Anger, in particular, is a belligerent and dangerous emotion because it paves the way for so many hostile acts. In the novel The Bluest Eye … Read moreAbsolutely Nothing: The Problem with Cholly Breedlove

Gene Luen Yang and Toni Morrison, On the Triumvirate of Identity

There is a common symbol found throughout ancient culture, the triumvirate. From the Christian Holy Trinity, the Islamic Wudu and Salat, the First Triumvirate of Rome, etc., the number three is important. This matters to us why? Because in American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang, and The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, three is … Read moreGene Luen Yang and Toni Morrison, On the Triumvirate of Identity

Societal Expectations in The Bluest Eye

In her novel, The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison explores the burdens society places on its weakest members and the adverse effects they have on the individual’s mental stability and self worth. Society has expectations of beauty and worth that teach the individual to be unsatisfied with themselves and strive for certain characteristics: blue eyes, blonde … Read moreSocietal Expectations in The Bluest Eye