Racism and Representation of Racialized Beauty in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

Authors

  • Dr. Nirjharini Tripathy Assistant Professor, School of English, Gangadhar Meher University, Sambalpur, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i10.10812

Keywords:

Beauty, Black, Race, Racism, Representation, White.

Abstract

The American novelist Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye portrays black society and deals with the themes of black victimization and racial oppression. It presents a prolonged representation of the means in which the standards of internalized white beauty contort the life and existence of black women. This paper explores and elucidates the impact of race, racial oppression and representation in The Bluest Eye. And how racism also edifices the hatredness between Blackand White communities. This paper will discuss various issues and concepts such as Race, Race in the Colonial Period, Racializing the Other and Stereotyping. The paper also deals with understanding Representation through the ideas of Saussure, Barthes, Levi-Strauss, Foucault, Geertz, and Said. Racism is primarily a belief in the supremacy and dominance of one race upon another that consequences in the differences, discrimination and prejudice of people towards one another rooted and established on their race or ethnicity. Racism has deeply affected the African-American coloured people making them feel inferior. The Bluest Eye reflects the appalling effect on blacks individualising the values of a white culture that rejects them both immediately and incidentally. Even after abolition of slavery legally still the African-Americans faces the cruelty of racial discrimination and never considered equal to the whites. The Black people struggles to ascertain themselves with the white and their ethnic ways. Toni Morrison propounds on black cultural heritage and seeks the African-Americans to be gratified and proud of their black colour as well black identity. This paper conveys the essence of the coloured people’s fight for their race, and  also its continuance and forbearance in a principally multicultural White dominated  America.

 

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Published

2020-10-28

How to Cite

Tripathy, D. N. . (2020). Racism and Representation of Racialized Beauty in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 8(10), 164-174. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i10.10812