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Black and white or The survival of the fittest in Toni Morrisons The bluest eye
2004 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the essay is to examine the effects of racism and mimicry and to explore how the characters in the novel suffer from racism. By taking a closer look at some members of the fictional black community in The Bluest Eye, I investigate not only how racism affects people, but also how they by internalising it pass it on to other members of their community as well as the next generation. The essay also criticises society in which the values of the dominating class, that is the white population, are considered to be the standard for all people. At the same time as the essay shows that giving up one’s own culture and following the values of another culture hardly brings any benefits in life, it also demonstrates, by showing the flaws of the dominating class, that the belief of the superiority of one culture over another is a false belief. By comparing and taking a closer look at the life of some key figures the paper reveals that those who keep attached to their own culture are happier. The essay gives an insight into what damage racism and mimicry can do and what crucial consequences it can have as well as how important it is to preserve the cultural heritage of one’s own.

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2004. , 25 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53904Local ID: ENG D-14OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53904DiVA: diva2:1102464
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English
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