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ERIC Number: ED447490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Pages: 24
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Hereisthehouse: Critical Paper.
Hannaford, Christine B. D.
Toni Morrison's vision of America juxtaposes the rubble and rabble of a silent, screaming America against an affluent America that cannot hear. In "The Bluest Eye" she offers a poignant portrayal of the bastardization of the American Dream: opportunity has become entitlement, success has been translated in currency. This paper analyzes the text of Morrison's novel, which tells the story of the Breedlove family. The paper views Pecola Breedlove as the most tragic character and finds that the novel chronicles Pecola's futile struggle against an assault that she cannot identify and that she certainly cannot understand--the silent assault of racism. Each chapter of the novel is introduced with an excerpt from "Dick and Jane," the primary school basal reader in which all children live harmoniously and prosperously with Mother and Father in a tidy little house. In "The Bluest Eye" Morrison does not prescribe a panacea for the dystopian ills of American society but offers up conflict, injustice, inequality, abuse, prejudice, intolerance, and inhumanity for the reader's critical examination. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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