Coercion and Endeavours encountered by Black Women in Toni Morrisonís The Bluest Eye

  • Shanthi Shenoy S.


The Bluest Eye written by Toni Morrison is here first novel. It is a story about the oppression of women. In this novel the women not only suffer the horrors of racial oppression, but also the cruelty and dictatorship brought upon them by the men in their lives. The novel also depicts several phases of a woman's development into womanhood. Pecola, Frieda, and Claudia, are the novel's youngest female characters, who seizes to have a limited and radical view of what it means to be a woman, to have sex, and to be loved by a man. Pecola Breedlove, the protagonist in the novel is filled with hunger for love and respect. This piece of article tries to throw light on the miseries experienced by the black women not only due to racism but also due to classism and sexism. Ugliness, poverty and violence are the also few reasons of their humiliation. The motif of women and womanhood, and male abuse over women in The Bluest Eye, reaches its barbarous turning point when Cholly rapes his own daughter, Pecola.  Toni Morrison focuses on the experiences of Black women their chief impediment of racism in America.