Review on The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is definetely a spectacular read. There are layers upon layers of lenses: the history of the 1941 southern setting; feminism and beauty; the commentary on racism and society; poverty and the social-economic structure; sexual and emotional abuse and insanity and psychosis…And I think that’s one of the amazing things that this book is able to do; it can connect its readers on a profound level.Though I might have at first been reluctant about including this work in my teaching curriculum for its heavy sexual content, after thought and consideration I think that I will. The Bluest Eye is a novel that has immense affect. One of my favorite qualities about this book is that it overturns your entire perspective on beauty, and what society and media and film claim beauty to be. I think that in this era of selfies and social networks like Instagram where the emphasis is heavily placed on how we look and vanity, its important to remind adolescents, to show them the perspective that Morrison expresses in her novel. After reading Pecola Breedlove’s story, seeing her struggle and her desire to be lighter and blonder, and her experiences with incestial sexual abuse and then the eventual episode of insanity and believing that her wish has finally come true, that she is light and blonde, it all really takes you on a trip, one that is hard to not be affected by, to come to an inevitable kindling. And sure we all knew that society was up to something since we saw the barbie, but this book takes it to another level of hair-raising heart-whelming consciousness.

MM

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