An Analysis of the Idea of Absence in Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye”


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An Analysis of the Idea of Absence in Toni Morrison’s "The Bluest Eye"
Toni Morrison is a novelist who explores many controversial themes in her books, including racism, sexual and emotional abuse, the concept of self-esteem and gender and racial identity in the larger sociological sphere, as well as the often challenging and even abusive nature of the families where children are raised and then sent out into the world, often ill-prepared for what lies ahead. Through these themes, the reader gets a vivid sense of Morrison’s gifts for not only storytelling, but also her ability to bring redemption to characters who have withstood many unbelievable hardships. The Bluest Eye, however, is a book that is heavy on misery and short...
The end:, when the book is viewed with respect to what is “missing” in the lives of the characters, some of the motivations for the abusive and sad conditions can be better explained and even understood. Morrison, in the end, seems to imply that the chain of abuse can be broken if the community intervenes and if enough people care. Morrison’s novel touches on racism, love and beauty and themes that are timeless from 1970, when the novel was originally published, up until the present day, where there is still a good amount of injustice in the world, as well as a lack of support and acceptance for many people who have suffered childhood abuse.
Works Cited
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Vintage, 2007 (originally published in 1970). Print.