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Catwoman yHere is the little black girl She has dreams and a fertile imagination She is a potential conduit for excellence in the world But she is the inheritor of pathological trauma that is centuries old She is born to parents who are too busy licking their wounds and tending to their own pain to extend anything resembling love in her direction So she believes she is unlovable and is subseuently rendered invisible and therefore a perfect target to absorb the abuses of a society of self hating oppressed people who need to pour their sorrows into the vessel with the most cracks the innocent in their eyes contemptible black girl Never realizing that people who don t love themselves can never love anybody else So her cracks multiply and she breaks apart and spills over and she gets blamed for not being pristine by the very people who broke her This soil is bad for certain kinds of flowers Certain seeds it will not nurture certain fruit it will not bear and when the land kills of its own volition we acuiesce and say the victim had no right to live We are wrong of course but it doesn t matter It s too late his mother did not like him to play with niggers She had explained to him the difference between colored people and niggers They were easily identifiable Colored people were neat and uiet niggers were dirty and loudThe line between colored and nigger was not always clear subtle and telltale signs threatened to erode it and the watch had to be constantWhile I was not the biggest fan of Morrison s style in this novel I did fully appreciate the dagger sharp insight that she brought to the color caste system that is so prevalent in African American culture even today Her dialogue rang so true I could hear it coming directly out of my mother s mouth my grandmother s mouth and those of all of the women who ve ever filled our kitchens with raucous communal fun and glum communal tragedy alike Her use of the Dick Jane children s books used for decades to teach children to read SEEMOTHERMOTHERISVERYNICEMOTHERWILLYOUPLAYWITHJANEMOTHERLAUGHSLAUGHMOTHERLAUGHLA created a chilling ironic and staggering contrast between the lives of the whites and those of the blacks in this novel Shirley Temple Mary Jane candies and Jean Harlow hairstylesou ll find the delicacy of all of them here both in these characters reality and in metaphor While the truth and injustices here were often sobering to read they were filled with too much truth to rightfully deny or turn away from I could spend hours discussing this novel I could uote from it all day but I won t do that because the entire read was poignant and so crisply aware of the color line the how and the why that there is no one point that can overshadow another in the message that these words aimed to send This novel is older than I am and et it still rings with such verity with such biting truth and reality With The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison cut open the existence of both internalized and externalized racism in America and laid it bare and exposed at our feet For that she deserves nothing but reverence and applause so she will always have that from meAnyone who s ever been in doubt of a color line in Black America should read this book Anyone who s ever uestioned But why can t I say those words when "you say them all the time But why do ou still believe that "say them all the time But why do Aquarelle, la lumire de l'eau you still believe that exists Why can tou just get over it the past is the past should read this book In fact just read this book anyway how about that 365 The Bluest Eye Toni MorrisonThe Bluest Eye is a novel written by Toni Morrison in 1970 Morrison a single mother of two sons wrote the novel while she taught at Howard University The novel is set in 1941 and centers around the life of a oung african american girl named pecola who grows up American girl named Pecola who grows up the ears following the Great Depression in Lorain Ohio Due to Pecola s harsh characteristics and dark skin she is consistently regarded as ugly As a result she develops an inferiority complex which fuels her desire for the blue eyes she euates with whiteness The point of view of the novel switches between the perspective of Claudia MacTeer the daughter of Pecola s foster parents and a third person narrator with inset narratives in the first person Due to controversial topics in the book including racism incest and child molestation
There Have Been Numerous have been numerous to ban it from schools and libraries 2008 1385 264 9648072043 20 1385 310 96484056205 20 455 Along with the idea of romantic love she was introduced to another physical beauty Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought Both originated in envy thrived in insecurity and ended in disillusion Toni Morrison The Bluest EyeI have several reading goals for 2019 get some big books off my Want to Read list explore Asian writing and visit authors I have missed along my reading journey One of the most glaring omissions on this list was Toni Morrison So with the advice of my friend Rowena I selected THE BLUEST EYE to right that wrong I am wowed by Morrison s writing talents I wish I d have ventured to her world soonerTHE BLUEST EYE may well be the saddest book I have ever read Upon finishing this novel I felt like I d been sucker punched The events that took place in this world were devastating Morrisson s novel is as far from the childhood world Ray Bradbury created in Dandelion Wine as imaginable Both took place in the Midwest in the late 20 s early 30 s and focus on childhood This is where the similarities endAs painful as this book is to read at times it is a beautifully written novel Morrison is a poet at heartThe story is told by a minor character Claudia a Myford Series 7 Lathe Manual: ML7, ML7-R, Super 7 young girl and friend of Pecola s her innocence offers a rawness to the story that would have been lost if narrated by Pecola or an older character Morrison brilliantly uses the passing of the seasons to tell this story Each season take place in a different time period and follows a different character in her or his life we learn the back stories of Pecola s people through this In the final pages of this book we see how all these people make up parts of Pecola s story Morrison writes of race better than any other writer I can think of She touches not on race in general but writes about vari. The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain Ohio it tells the story of black elevenear old Pecola Breedlove Pecola prays for he. Aving her father s baby that the marigolds did not grow loc 110 We see this flower analogy towards the end of the novel again Beautiful but hopeless proseOur innocence and faith were no productive than his lust or despair loc 118 as well asThere is really nothing to say except why But since why is difficult to handle one must take refuge in how loc 121A beautiful metaphor for living in a racist societyBeing a minority in both caste Toni Morrison doesn t get the respect she deserves and has rightfully earned I think that part of this has to do with the unfortunate connotations people have regarding Oprah s Book Club and part of it stems from if not outright racism and misogyny than the racist and misogynist assumptions that Morrison is popular only because she is a nonwhite woman liberal guilt etc The latter is false Toni Morrison has won the Pulitzer and the Nobel because she is an excellent authorNB Before I get jumped on by total strangers for making assumptions about Morrison s detractors these are actual comments about her books from comToni Morrison is the most overrated author in America it s only because of Oprah the most overrated personality in America that she is popularYou know I know blacks have had a hard time in this worldI m not naivebut there s a right and wrong way to tell us about our problems This book is an example of the wrong way To me it came off as preachy and heavy handedOnce again Toni Morrison puts an assortment of diatribes and racial angst into book form and masuerades it as literature with a moral messageWhat is actually between the covers of the book is 150 pages of the gross aspects of sex and femine hygene That is not what makes brillant writingThe Bluest Eye does not celebrate the beauty of the black individual but instead simply and grotesuely trashes white characteristics ie blonde straight hairblue eyes So if a little blonde haired blue eyed girl reads this book is she supposed to feel ashamed to have these characteristicsI think it s terrible that Oprah Winfrey would recommend a book as anti white as this It s not as bad as some black literature that blames everything on white people but it s closeIt s foolish to assume that the thoughts and experiences of women and of nonwhite American citizens is not worthy of writing about and reviewers that slam the book as anti white completely miss the point of themes of cultural hegemony internalized hatred taboos in beauty and sexuality oppression etc And it s just darned lazy to discount this book s beautiful use of multiple narratives and excellent turns of phrase Morrison s literature often makes me angry and depressed but not as angry and depressed as some of the reviews it gets Just a few days ago I happened to have a conversation with someone uite a well read person too who said uite casually almost in an offhand manner how he found books written by women uninteresting On prodding him for the reason behind his disinterest he replied that books written by women just do not engage him I didn t have the heart to ask him why a second timeAnd there it sat between us this knowledge of his disdain for women writers for some hitherto unknown reason like a breathing venom spitting invisible monster uietly killing our conversation thankfullyNo evasion Not even a half hearted attempt at rescuing an uncomfortable situation A wholly unabashed flat out declaration made with the confident self righteous air of a reader who knows what good reading should consist of and when it comes to that excludeIn retrospect when I dwell on the memory of this horrendous very real conversation I experience a crushing hopelessness It s not that particular guy I am mad at No He is only a minuscule part of the universal malady afflicting our collective psyche It is this spirited tolerance for continued ignorance and apathy that infuriates me so This tradition of belittling the female voice which speaks of personal sexual gratification love marriage and childbirth of the tyranny of beauty that forces her to adhere desperately to some predetermined standard of physical perfection the right angle to her cheekbones the right slope to her nose the right lushness to her eyelashes the right curve to her hips the right skin color to match her hair and her eyes All of this is terribly uninteresting isn t it It was as though some mysterious all knowing master had given each one a cloak of ugliness to wear and they had each accepted it without uestion The master had said You are ugly people They had looked about themselves saw nothing to contradict the statement saw in fact support for it leaning at them from every billboard every movie every glance Yes they had said You are right And they took the ugliness in their hands threw it as a mantle over them and went about the world with it So what if she is a Nobel laureate So what if she created the most haunting poignant and unforgettable elegy to the horrors that American slavery spawned So what if she "Has Crafted An Eleven Year "crafted an eleven ear ugly and unfortunate Pecola Breedlove with the utmost sincerity So what if she has made her ugly and unfortunate Pecola earn for a shred of love and dignity in vain till her last days So what if she has tried to shed some light on the unloved the mercilessly trodden upon rejects of a community caught in the vicious trap of fatal self loathing So what if she has thought up a newer way to deconstruct the violence of a sexual crime by removing the convenient glamour of shame routinely heaped on the victim So what if she has tried to bestow humanity even on the ones beyond redemption So what if she has offered a window into a world where a million and one injustices compete for primacy every momentSuch trifling womanly subject matters do not mesh well with the reading tastes of a man After mesh well with the reading tastes of a man After the Doris Lessings and Elfriede Jelineks Nadine Gordimers and Alice Munros Zora Neale Hurstons and Zadie Smiths the Jhumpa Lahiris and the Banana Yoshimotos the Bront sisters and Virginia Woolfs writewrote books for only women to read and appreciate Women can t paint women can t write It hurts to know that the Charles Tansleys of the world are alive and well But thankfully we have the Toni Morrisons to restore some balanc. YsWhat its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child's earning and the tragedy of its fulfillment The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrisons's most powerful unforgettable novels and a significant work of American fictio. Ous themes regarding race here the central theme being that Pecola s desire for blue eyes is showing the social context that views blue eyes which in this case is the epitome of whiteness as the standard of beauty Every girl black or white should strive to be like Shirley Temple Morrison also deftly writes on parenting and family dynamics When Claudia faces an unwanted event in her home her parents act swiftly to protect their daughter When a far tragic event happens to Pecola her mother beats and blames her The main theme of THE BLUEST EYE is not simply racism but internalized racism The main characters in Morrison s novel have been conditioned to believe in their own inferiority No one suffers this than Pecola Even members of her own race put her down for being ugly and for the darkness of her skinIn the end Morrison forces us to walk in Pecola s shoes and learn of the painful world she inhabits and she does so brilliantly When we finished this book about half the class including me were infuriated at Morrison for humanizing certain characters that caused Pecola to suffer the most Is she saying what they did was okay Is she telling us they weren t to blame and we should feel sorry for them I remember writing my objective and tone neutral in class essay while trying to stifle my own feelings of resentment I know now that the answers to those two uestions were no and no What Morrison wanted us to do was not pardon the terrible acts of her characters or brush them off as simply tragedy but to understand where these characters came from psychologically and what made them the the way they are People are driven by motivations sometimes selfless sometimes self serving and sometimes cruel When I think about this now I m absolutely floored I don t think any work of fiction has ever taught me this huge a lesson about human nature than this one Morrison is a brilliant writer and this will probably always be one of my favorite novels Being a minority in both caste and class we moved about anyway on the hem of life struggling to consolidate our weaknesses and hang on or to creep singly up into the major folds of the garment Our peripheral existence however was something we had learned to deal with probably because it was abstract Toni Morrison The Bluest EyeI m rereading Morrison s books in chronological order in 2016 and I created a private group here on Goodreads for a few of us who are interested in doing the same thing Discussing this book with others has been very interesting because we all have different perspectives and can share them expanding our own understanding of the book it s been a great experienceIt s been four Le druidisme au quotidien : Guide pratique et philosophique years since I first read The Bluest Eye and I was extremely touched and saddened by it the first time around I count it as one of my favourite Morrison books and I m glad to say that after a reread it s still very much so I m trying hard to find the words to describe how I feel about this book and it s still hard because it s a gut wrenching book which I love though love sounds like the wrong word for it how can I love a book that is filled with so much pain sadness and grief This book condenses so much tragedy despair and sadness in a relatively small space What doou focus on It can get a bit overwhelming Morrison s advice seems to be There is really nothing to say except why But since why is difficult to handle one must take refuge in howWhenever I discuss this book with people I know Pecola is often the first name that comes up Pecola the poor unloved child who prayed for blue eyes It was hard not to draw comparisons between her and Celie The Colour Purple another abused black girl who was called ugly by all those around her And I think of all the little black girls I ve known who hated being black who hated their hair their noses their eye colour who prayed for good hair lighter skin complexion etcMorrison shows the vulnerability of children so well and the conseuences of parents not telling them what they need to know in enough detail which results in them being forced to draw conclusions on their own What they aren t told they glean from observations and discussions with each other Sometimes the truth isn t known until they are older My mother s anger humiliates me her words chafe my cheeks and I am crying I do not know that she is not angry at me but at my are so many parts of the "book that show children as voiceless black children in particular There s the issue representation "that show children as voiceless black children in particular There s the issue of representation how the white dolls our parents thought we wanted probably did harm than good I think this is an important book in revealing the other America My book had an afterword by Morrison which I m so glad I read I had no idea that this book was inspired by a conversation she d had with an elementary school friend who prayed for blue eyes It s conversations like this that never leave God de vader en God de moeder you it seems but it might takeou until Sami et Julie CE1 Sami et Julie font des crpes you are an adult to understand the true meaning of what those words held and what they say about our society Like Malcolm X asked Who taughtou to hate Deliciously Ella entre amis yourself from the top ofour head to the soles of La vie sexuelle de Tintin your feet And twentyears later I was still wondering about how one learns that Who told her Who made her feel that it was better to be a freak than what she was Who had looked at her and found her so wanting so small a weight on THE BEAUTY SCALEI FOCUSED THEREFORE ON beauty scaleI focused therefore on something as grotesue as the demonization of an entire race could take root inside the most delicate member of society a child the most vulnerable member a female Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye afterword well i m experiencing severe bookface fatigue and wasn t gonna report on this until i read this cool as shit bookster s review Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors I discovered her writing with Beloved for which have a copy signed by her at a reading in Brooklyn of Jazz decades ago In The Bluest Eye she looks at the intersection of racism self hatred poverty and sexuality with realism and her beautifully descriptive writing style The book starts off with one of Toni Morisson s typically powerful opening linesuiet as it s kept there were no marigolds in the fall of 1941 We thought at the time that it was because Pecola was R eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond blue eyed children in America In the autumn of 1941 the ear the marigolds in the Breedloves' garden do not bloom Pecola's life does change in painful devastating wa.