Review Of The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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Review of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Love is an amazing emotion. A life without love is a life not worth
living. As a child, one has thirsts for love and approval that can
only be quenched by influential adults and peers. If love is not given
during childhood, it will forever taint the individual's life. Toni
Morrison's The Bluest Eye magnificently captures the mind of mature
readers and both genders in its captivating tale of a young black girl
who wants nothing more than to be loved by a society built around
white supremacy, which Morrison derived from her recollection of her
childhood and the deep influence of the Civil Rights Movement of the
1960s.

It is common for writers to emulate their lives in novels rather than
create a new one for a character. In The Bluest Eye, author Toni
Morrison creates narrator Claudia MacTeer's life parallel to her own.
Morrison was born in the town of Lorain, Ohio, which happens to be the
setting for the novel (Morrison 116), (Telgen 75). Already Morrison
has created a connection between herself and the characters by
selecting the location. Then she develops the MacTeer's family to
closely resemble her family through behaviors and episodes from when
she was an adolescent. For instance, Mrs. MacTeer mirrors Ramah
Wofford, Morrison's mother, through her "habits of expounding on a
problem for days" (Moss 54). Wofford and MacTeer would sing songs
"about hard times, bad times, and somebody-done-gone-and-left-me
times" (Morrison 25). She gives the MacTeer mother the same loving
characteristics she grew accustomed to from her mother to create the
same environment for Claudia. Morrison's father, George Wofford, is
like Mr. MacTeer because they both would do anything to protect their
families from harm. When Mr. Henry molests Claudia's older sister
Frieda, Mr. MacTeer threw an old tricycle at his head, knocking Mr.
Henry off the porch and shoots at him while he is running from the
house (Morrison 100). Again, Morrison is giving the MacTeer father the
same characteristics her father had. Morrison created the idea to
match her father's reaction when he had suspected a man of molesting
one of his daughters (Moss 54). The characters more directly resemble
Morrison in their behavior rather than their beliefs.

Morrison goes more in depth with the parallel development of Claudia
MacTeer than the family members. Like MacTeer, Morrison had an older
sister, and in 1941, "the MacTeer girls are about the same age that
Morrison and her older sister would have been" (Moss 54). Due to the
likeness of the Claudia and Morrison, Morrison directly adds in her
perspective for each episode in the novel by creating Claudia MacTeer
as a replica of herself. "When I wrote my first novel, I wanted to
capture that same specificity about the nature and feeling of the
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