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The Bluest Eye Ananlysis Essay

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Male Dominance in The Bluest Eye
Over the course of about a dozen weeks or so I have been exploring many facets of oppression. From literary work such as Malcolm X’s autobiography to Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolute True Story of a Part-Time Indian, oppression is an issue for the majority of people who are not white, upper class males. Race, class, gender, sex, religion, all things that the 14th amendment are supposed to protect, seems to only stand for equality rather than enforcing it and educating people of it’s often damaging effects. Gender and sex roles seem to be the most relevant topic for the times, but also one of the hardest to understand. Cholly Breedlove is a prime example ...view middle of the document...

The women in his life, especially Pauline, are just constant reminders of his abandonment. Following Freud’s Oepidal complex, “the sexual wishes in regards to the mother become more intense.”(Freud) He subconsciously see’s Pauline as a representation of his own mother. The sex and the abuse are both expressions of his feelings towards his mother. The violence that occurs between them is only “paralleled by there lovemaking.” (Morrison) When he has sex with her he is conveying the love he wishes he would of had as a child. When he beats her he, in his mind, is punishing her for the neglect of his mother.

Contrary to what some say that Cholly’s actions are due to his “disgust for the female body.”(Jozwiak), there is another variable to be explored. During his experience with Darlene he doesn’t direct his anger and aggression towards the white men that shamed him. Instead, he “looked at Darlene. He hated her. He almost wished he could do it long, hard, and painfully, he hated her so much.”(Morrison) Even after the white men leave his anger towards her still remains. When “Darlene [does] not move… Cholly wants to strangle her.” It in this moment, that he discovers other emotions that can be expressed through sex instead of love, such as anger. However, Cholly does not have sex with Darlene because of his disgust for the female body. He is expressing himself the only way he knows how. He connects sex and anger not because of any deep hatred of Darlene’s body, but because of the way he felt towards the men who watched him have sex with her.

Pecola represents the darkest moments of Cholly’s childhood. She feels ugly, she “hides behind it…peeping out from the shroud very seldom.” When the world is to much for Pecola to handle she tries to make herself disappear. When she tries to do that “little parts of her body faded away”(Morrison 45). When Cholly is rejected by his own father, he also tries to make himself disappear. He runs away because “his father would surely emerge and see him and laugh”(Morrison 85). So he runs away under a pier and he...

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