Racial Discourse in Bluest Eye and God Help the Child: An Overview

Racial Discourse in Bluest Eye and God Help the Child: An Overview

Racism is a practice evolved from a myth that physical traits of one race is superior to another. The basic myth of racism is that white skin colour brings with it superiority that the white is more intelligent, more virtuous where is black its Foil Carry all the opposite traits of white. Afro American race is more prone to the practice of racism as they have been uprooted from the native soil to unknown terrain of another race. Afro American literary span can easily be marked as apartheid and post-Apartheid period. The Apartheid Period has literary contributions on how Afro American community subjected to racism in the hand of other races. Whereas Post-apartheid period has a different story in which the Racism is not mere external but internalized. Being an Afro American writer Toni Morrison confronts racism as the African American’s primary obstacle. And Morrison always find solutions inside community not outside. In 1970 Toni Morrison made her debut as a novelist with the Bluest Eye. Unlike other writers who speaks on racial conflicts as an issue from outside. Morrison analysis racism can be removed if it’s not internalized. For that Morrison believes that the concept of physical beauty as a virtue is one of the most pernicious and destructive has to be lifted Morrison’s first work and recent work God Help the Child discussed on the same theme but the crucial difference is the change in societal approach on the racial ideologies of black and white community.

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Chitra Soman
Department of English, Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, Kanyakumari, India.

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