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Author: Bijender Singh

Title: Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Alice Walker's The Color Purple

Subtitle: Comparative Perspectives

Journal: Abhinav: National Monthly Referred Journal of Research in Arts & Education

Volume: 2

Issue: 9

Year: September 2013

Pages: 46-51

eISSN: 2277-1182 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Representations: Literary Texts / Toni Morrison, Alice Walker


Link: Abhinav Publications (Free Access)


Abstract: »This paper is an attempt to analyze the compare perspectives of race, class, ethnicity and gender in two novels—Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple. The paper assesses the treatment of sex, alienation, rape, lust, incest and gendered identity in both novels. My attempt is explore how internal racism overcomes two major protagonists, Pecola and Celie in both the novels. Pecola finds her ugly and unlucky in the world so Celie grapples with her own problems. This is an attempt how gendered identity is explored and constructed in both the novels and how concept of beauty is socially constructed. It has been analyzed how race determines the fate in Afro-American girls and ladies and how they have to live a worse life even than animals. The inhuman treatment drives them to stride outside violating the social and patriarchal rules.« (Source: Abhinav)


  Introduction (p. 46)
  Sex and Rape as a Dominant Theme in Both Novels (p. 47)
  Similarity in Both Female Protagonists' Lives (p. 48)
  Shattering of Dreams in the Novels (p. 49)
  Journey from Despair to Hope (p. 50)
  Conclusion (p. 51)
  References (p. 51)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States | Literature: American literature | 20th-century American writers: Toni Morrison / The Bluest Eye; Alice Walker / The Color Purple