The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison has taken risks in writing her story “The Bluest Eye”, producing many firsts in her short novel, most importantly a first in the choice of an aesthetically challenged black girl as the main focus. This is during a time when readers are expecting beautiful white heroines in novels. Morrison is a rebellious writer, and she narrates the story through the eyes of a girl after her own heart, Claudia. The risks are worth it because even though the novel is short, the ideas are fully developed like her characters. The racism theme is not developed in the same way as the other stories involving African American characters.

The conflict is not about black versus white, but the conflict is situated deep within one girl who is experiencing something unique from the sufferings of other people her age, race and status. This means that no matter how similar people may seem, each person is still having a unique human experience. Morrison does not create perfect characters; she is not afraid of writing about flawed protagonists and supporting characters. She does not flinch away from describing the weaknesses of her own race, in the form of gossip, dominant women and women content with their inferior status.

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The Bluest Eye” expresses the importance of guidance when growing up. Even today, during the 21st century, teenagers are susceptible to many external forces that render them confused. Without a support system, some of them may end up lost and broken like Pecola Breedlove. Indeed, Morrison takes risks, but she risks in portraying life as realistically as possible. She draws the imperfections of most of her characters and presents the idea that good and beauty do not necessarily come hand in hand, and the vigilant eye, like that of Morrison and her character Claudia, does not necessarily have to be blue.