Racial Bias in the Bluest Eye and to Eliminate a Mockingbird
In Harper Lee’s novel, To Eliminate a Mockingbird, the reader is introduced to the style of racial bias through the experiences of the characters Scout and Jem Finch. The story is told from the viewpoint of Scout. In Toni Morrison’s unique, The Bluest Eye, the reader is also introduced to the style of racial bias through the experiences of Pecola Breedlove and Claudia MacTeer. The story is informed through the viewpoint of Pecola Breedlove, and Claudia MacTeer. Both of the novels show various methods of highlighting the very same theme.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader sees the young and innocent children; Scout and Jem Finch become exposed to the racial bias of Maycomb. Scout is not like the normal young girl in M aycomb, and the reader can rapidly identify that Scout is the method she is because of the way in which Atticus is raising her. Atticus permits Scout to climb trees and be a ‘gamine’ and does not ‘weigh Hunt down’ with social hypocrisies. In the start of the unique, Scout is a good-natured five year old girl who has no experience with the evils of the world.
As the unique progresses, Scout comes across evil in the form of racial prejudice, “‘Scout,’ stated Atticus, ‘nigger-lover is just one of those terms … that don’t indicate anything– like snot-nose. It’s tough to discuss– ignorant, trashy individuals utilize it when they believe someone’s preferring Negroes over and above themselves. It’s slipped into usage with some individuals like ourselves, when they desire a typical, ugly term to identify somebody.’ ‘You aren’t actually a nigger-lover, then, are you?’ ‘I definitely am. I do my best to love everyone …
I’m tough put, in some cases– child, it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how bad that person is, it doesn’t harm you'” (To Kill a Mockingbird, pg. 108). Scout is left to determine whether she will take her experiences from Tom’s trial and become a more positive, or if she will let the wickedness of people damage her, as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley have actually been ruined. Thanks to Atticus’ guidance Scout is able to realize that people can wickedness, but they are also efficient in goodness.
Due to the fact that of her experiences Scout is able to remain an innocent child, while embracing the point of view on life of a grownup. Jem is stunned by the oppression at Tom’s trial, however Jem, like Scout takes a positive outlook from Tom’s trial and handles to lose his innocence without losing hope, and develops, “‘Do not do that Scout. Set him, out on the back actions.’ ‘Jem are you crazy? …’ ‘I said set him out on the back steps. ‘… ‘Why could not I mash him?’ I asked [Jem] ‘Since they don’t bother you,’ Jem addressed” (Pg. 38). Jem grows into an adult and values the innocence of all animals. In the novel, The Bluest Eye, Pecola Breedlove is a young innocent girl who is destroyed by violence. In the start of the unique, all Pecola wants is to be loved and to vanish and not have to witness her household’s brutal fights “Cholly and Mrs. Breedlove fought each other with a darkly ruthless formalism that was paralleled just by their lovemaking … He combated her the method a coward battles a guy– with feet, the palms of his hands, and teeth.
She in turn, resisted in a purely feminine method– with frying pans and pokers, and periodically a flatiron would sail towards his head” (The Bluest Eye, Pg. 43). Since neither of Pecola’s wishes are given, she longs for blue eyes, that she believes would change how individuals take a look at her and what she is forced to see. At the end of the unique Pecola thinks her desire has been granted, and her belief that she has received her blue eyes triggers her to become insane “How many times a minute are you going to look inside that old thing?
I didn’t search in a long time. You did too– So what? I can look if I wish to” (Pg 193). Pecola is a sign of the African-American neighborhood’s belief in its own ugliness. Pecola is disliked by herself and the African-American community for her ugliness, and is a scapegoat upon which the African-American neighborhood can ‘snap’ upon. Individuals in the African-American community express their self-hatred toward Pecola and deteriorate her. Pecola’s ugliness has made others feel lovely, and her suffering has actually made others feel much better about themselves.
Pecola is considered an ‘unsightly little black girl’ who is not worthwhile of any regard or self-respect, and due to the fact that Pecola continues to live after she ends up being outrageous she functions as a tip to the town or the ugliness and hatred that they have actually attempted to repress. Claudia’s life is quite various from Pecola’s life. Claudia is a victim of appeal standards, as Pecola is, but Claudia is able to fight back against the requirements since she has a steady family life. When Claudia is offered a white doll to have fun with, she despises the doll, and dissects and damages the doll, and Claudia dislikes Shirley Temple due to the fact that
Shirley is quite and white “I hated Shirley. Not because she was adorable, but due to the fact that she danced with Bojangles, who was my good friend, my uncle, my daddy, and who ought to have actually been soft-shoeing it and laughing with me. Rather he was enjoying, sharing, providing a beautiful dance thing with among those little white women whose socks never slid down under their heels”(Pg. 19). Claudia is not jaded because when Pecola conceives with Pecola’s father’s kid Claudia attempts to come up with a plan to conserve Pecola’s infant “We have to do it right, now.
We’ll bury the money over by her home so we can’t go back and dig it up, and we’ll plant the seeds out back of our house so we can supervise them. And when they turn up, we’ll know everything is all right. All right?” (Pg. 193). Claudia is brave due to the fact that she has not yet learned her constraints, and has actually not found out that self-hatred that many adults suffer with. Both of the books consist of a style of racial prejudice; however both novels take a different view point on racial prejudice.
Both of the books happen throughout the Great Anxiety, so there are the daily monetary battles that are evident in both novels. The innocent viewpoint of a child storyteller is utilized in both of the novels. Both books look at class and caste in society, and people’s functions in society. In To Eliminate a Mockingbird, Scout and Jem, two young children, witness racism ‘from the outdoors searching in’. Scout and Jem do not comprehend the complete level of the bias of Maycomb. In The Bluest Eye, an African-American man is maltreated solely on the basis of skin colour.
In The Bluest Eye, a young African-American girl is a victim of the internalized set of worths that are triggered since of the white requirements of charm. One young African-American woman, Claudia MacTeer, is brave and brave ‘in the face’ of the racial bias, like Scout and Jem; while another young Africa-American girl, Pecola Breedlove, comes down with the racial bias and is used as a scapegoat for people’s self-hatred. To Eliminate a Mockingbird looks at the Caucasian verses African-American view on bigotry, while The Bluest Eye looks at the inner problems, or African-American verses African-American view on bigotry.
Both The Bluest Eye, and To Eliminate a Mockingbird include racial prejudice, and both novels try to explore racial prejudice in different ways. In To Eliminate a Mockingbird, the story is informed through the perspective on an innocent Caucasian girl, who deals with bigotry and ends up being a stronger individual due to the fact that of the bigotry that she has actually needed to face. In The Bluest Eye, two girls deal with racial injustice in different methods: Claudia MacTeer becomes brave and does not accept the limitations society has actually put upon her, while Pecola loses her peace of mind and wastes away on her own, just wanting to be enjoyed and considered lovely.