The main social issues in The Bluest Eye, the third book of Toni Morrison’s that I have read, is respect and beauty. This book is very similar to Love in the fact that there were two eleven-year-old black girls who were violated or disrespected by men. In Love, it was the grandfather of her best friend, but in The Bluest Eye, it was her father who raped her and impregnated her. 
In all three of Morrison’s books that I have studied, the main social issues have circled around unhealthy and inappropriate relationships and lack of respect for women. In The Bluest Eye, Pecola is haunted by her parents’ abusive relationship and has always thought that they would love her more if she was pretty and had blue eyes, she believes that whiteness is beautiful and being black makes her ugly. Throughout the book the men have absolutely no respect for the girls or even for adult women, and then the eleven-year-old Pecola is raped and impregnated by her own father. Her mother did not believe her when she told her what happened and the town look down on her in shame. The baby ended up dying in a premature death, and her father then rapes her again before running away and dying in a workhouse. The issue in this books was in no way resolved because then Pecola went crazy because of everything she had experienced.  This issue is critical to the theme because it shows how black women were treated and how even when events like this happened, there were no repercussions and  no way to prevent the men
from doing the same thing to another woman or child. In this novel, the issue of respect and rape is not resolved, and Cholly got away with raping his own
daughter twice.

Meghan C.
3/30/2013 16:36:19

Hey Ashlee, I can see some similarities with our two novels right from the beginning. Mine has nothing to do with rape, but it does question race. To me it seems yours, has something to do with race and how it affects the characters. Well in the novel I read, Ghostwritten, there is a character who gets isolated by the Japanese people due to his birth parents being of a different origin. This in turn makes him question everything he does, and he also questions everything everyone else does to or for him. It almost completely shuts him off when a girl tries to connect with him, and he simply can’t wrap his mind around it. It’s obviously not a direct connection between our authors, but I found it extremely fascinating how race is a common issue in the minds of characters.

3/31/2013 06:23:28

Hello there. From your post, I can see that you book contains an evident social issue. I also read Meghan's comment and how her book deals with a racial issue. My book does not really display any "direct" social issues. The book I am reading deals more with a society which excludes itself from the rest of the world for the sole purpose of mastering a "game." The main character, "Knecht," joins Castalia, a place dedicated to playing the "game." He rises to the top and then comes to a realization that all this time Castalia was closed to the outside world. (Also it is unknown what the game is, it is only thought of being very hard to play.) This was really the main issue portrayed in my book. An issue that would really go against my author's ideologies.

Stephanie Shelton
3/31/2013 07:34:28

I noticed immediately that our two novels deal with similar social issues. Both of our books circle around a main character who feels disconnected from society and the rest of the world. After feeling alone and lost in the world, our protagonists both suffer and go insane from isolation. You mentioned that your character goes crazy, while my novel’s character goes to the extreme of murdering those he feels has the power to isolate him any further. Both of our characters face discrimination from society, yours from racial discrimination, and mine from discrimination of those with disabilities. The social issues in our novels are major key plot points that without them, the novel would suffer greatly. I enjoyed your blog post and the correlations you made between the social issues discussed and the connections with the events of that time period. I enjoyed your blog post and I’d be interested in finding out the solutions to the issues you discussed in your novel!

4/30/2013 09:27:32

Her stories are sad and, while fiction, I always wonder from how much truth are they written?


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