In her “Forward,” Toni Morrison claims, “Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do” (xi). With The Bluest Eye, Morrison aims, in part, to uncover not only the ways in which beauty has been created but also the ways that beauty has been withheld and denied from an entire race and how such aesthetic demonization works to promote racial self-loathing and contempt. Considering Morrison’s goal, discuss the connection between cultural notions of beauty and racial self-loathing in the novel via an analysis of one or two characters. How does racial self-hatred corrode the lives of Pecola and her parents (Cholly and Pauline Breedlove)? How does it manifest itself in characters like Maureen Peal, Geraldine, and Soaphead Church?
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