People Essay

This essay has a total of 421 words and 2 pages.

people



In the book the Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison redefines American History and the place of
Afro-American culture within it. She reveals the microcosm of that of Afro-American
cultures, to the Macrocosm of all that of societies cultures. She reveals the definition
of beauty and the societal prejudices that are prevalent today.

It is evident throughout the book that beauty is one of the major themes that is
prevalent. Morrison is revealing what stereotypic look society portrays as beautiful. The
idealistic views on what beautiful is when there is no such thing as only certain people
being beautiful; the ones with blue eyes and blond hair. Pecola continues to struggle with
how she looks on the outside because she is broken down inside. Because her pride is all
stepped over, she feels worthless and inferior. Pecola believes once she accumulates those
blue eyes, she can be accepted by society and loved just like Shirley Temple. Morrison
uses Pecola as a character that wants blue eyes to become beautiful because society
doesn't say being something different is equally qualified as beautiful. Who is to judge
ones beauty negatively when one has no concrete definition for beauty? Morrison is
revealing that one culture may believe someone is beautiful, but another culture may
believe that same person possesses no beauty at all. She is questioning society in what it
stands for and ultimately saying everyone is beautiful in someone's eyes, not just one
race is a predominant one. So what does that person classify as? Can beauty be justified?
Continues for 1 more page >>




  • Black Americans
    Black Americans Black Americans Black Americans are those persons in the United States who trace their ancestry to members of the Negroid race in Africa. They have at various times in United States history been referred to as African, coloured, Negro, Afro-American, and African-American, as well as black. The black population of the United States has grown from three-quarters of a million in 1790 to nearly 30 million in 1990. As a percentage of the total population, blacks declined from 19.3 in
  • The People Leisure and Cultures of Blacks During t
    The People Leisure and Cultures of Blacks During the HArlem Renaissance The People, Leisure, and Culture of Blacks During the Harlem Renaissance It seems unfair that the pages of our history books or even the lecturers in majority of classrooms speak very little of the accomplishments of blacks. They speak very little of a period within black history in which many of the greatest musicians, writers, painters, and influential paragon\'’ emerged. This significant period in time was known as the Ha
  • Magic Realism
    Magic Realism Magic Realism appeared as a critical term for the arts and it later extended to literature. The term was first used by the German critic Franz Roh in 1925 to characterize a group of Post-Expressionist painters. Franz Roh described it as a form in which “our real world re-emerges before our eyes, bathed in the clarity of a new day.” It was later replaced by “New Objectivity.” Magic Realism survived to define a narrative tendency in Latin America during 1949 to 1970. It can be define
  • Hate Crimes in America
    Hate Crimes in America Hate Crimes In America Did you know that people with blonde hair have low I.Q.s? Or that people less than five feet tall are more likely to spread a disease? How about that people with brown eyes are really worshipers of Satan? That did not sound very logical, did it? No, you know that people with blonde hair can be as smart or as unintelligent as the next person, that short people are not necessarily better hosts to disease, and that people with brown eyes can believe in
  • American Slavery
    american Slavery Frederick Douglass: "No Progress without Struggle" Introduction: Frederick Douglass made it his life?s work to champion the rights of blacks by speaking and writing about his first hand experiences with slavery. Even after slavery was abolished, Douglass continued to fight for blacks? rights. Throughout this struggle, Douglass?s ideas about the relationship between blacks and whites evolved. When he was fighting for the abolition of slavery, he was very radical in the way he spo
  • FEMALE GANGBANGERS
    FEMALE GANGBANGERS A year in the World of Female Gangsters: There is no way you can neatly squeeze in a single report what female gang life posses. What I am giving is highlights and statistics staffed with local information. There is no such thing as a typical gang each possess a history that reflects the community they grew up in. The research is in Los Angeles and smaller California communities San Antonio, Texas, and Chicago, Ill.. Most research has been done in L.A. where female gangs have
  • Parting the Waters
    Parting the Waters Parting The Waters The majority of the planet is inundated with it. Without it our bodies would shrivel up like raisins and we would die. Sit down in any restaurant and almost instantly someone will pour you a glass, free of charge and without ordering a thing. Walk down most any major hallway and you will find a fountain gushing forth, free for all who want a gulp or two. Venture into your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room and turn on the faucet, most likely a clear liquid (u
  • Sterotypes
    Sterotypes -- "Dumb jocks!", "Women don\'t belong there, doing that!", "He must be a criminal, just look at his clothes." How often have we heard somebody mention these things, yet, how often have we said something similar? Our society is based on face values where we categorize people because of the actions of a few. All of the above statements are prejudicial notions used to define members of a social or an ethnic group, and are called stereotypes. Unfortunately, stereotypes negatively affect
  • The Progression of Female Athletes
    The Progression of Female Athletes The Progression of Female Athletes Women throughout history have made extreme progress in expanding their rights and freedoms. They have also made it a point to prove that they are as equal as men through their careers, lives, and their athletic abilities. Women have come a long way in becoming well- rounded athletes, but the discrimination is still present. Although they have substantiated themselves in many ways, women are still viewed as inferior to men, esp
  • Huckleberry Finn - A Racist Novel?
    hey Huckleberry Finn - A Racist Novel? There is a major argument among literary critics whether Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is or is not a racist novel. The question boils down to the depiction of Jim, the black slave, and to the way he is treated by Huck and other characters. The use of the word "nigger" is also a point raised by some critics, who feel that Twain uses the word too much and too loosely. Mark Twain never presents Jim in a negative light. He does not show Jim as a drunkard, a
  • Langston Hughs
    Langston Hughs “ He was called ‘ Shakespeare in Harlem,’ The blues poet, the ‘Simple’ man on the street, The voice of Black Harlem “ (Tolson 1) Possessing qualities unlike any other, Langston Hughes believed that there was no difference between the common experiences of Black America and his own personal experiences. “His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920 ‘s “ (Tolson 1) Hughes wrote vividly about the life, luxury,
  • Capital Punishment2
    Capital Punishment2 Capital Punishment? The question as to whether the state has the right to execute a person found guilty of murder has been debated at length for decades. As with the subject of abortion, it is one of the most controversial topics of discussion in our country today. According to the website religious tolerance.org. about 60 to 80% of American adults say they want to retain capital punishment ( 2). In fact, there are only 12 states that have chosen not to enact the death penalt
  • Drug Testin in the Workplace
    Drug Testin in the Workplace Drug testing in the United States began with the explosive use of illegal drugs, in order to curb drug abuse. This began during the Vietnam War with drug use at a climax. In general, Drug testing is a way to detect illegal drug use and deter it, usually by Urinalysis. Drug testing in the United States violates a citizen’s right to unreasonable search and seizure’s along with jeopardizing one’s freedom. Drug testing is not only an unreliable invasion of a person’s pri
  • Childhood obesity
    Childhood obesity Childhood Obesity 2 In today\'s society childhood obesity is considered to be an epidemic. The increase in obesity is not caused by the change in the gene pool, but rather by the change in the environment. This causes vulnerable populations to express the obesity phenotype (Stune, 1999). One in seven children ages 6-17 are considered to be obese. Most nutritionists will say that this is do to the lack of parental guidance. A child\'s parents should teach their child proper eati
  • The Mind of a Serial Killer
    The Mind of a Serial Killer SERIAL MURDER: In the last three decades the USA has been troubled by an approaching problem, the serial killer. A serial killer is a person who kills a number of people, usually considered over five, with a cooling off period between each murder, usually one murder at one given time). Two murders at one time occasionally happen and these murders may go on for a period of months or years until the killer is caught. Throughout the last three decades the US serial kille
  • Discrimination and Racism in sports
    Discrimination and Racism in sports Webster’s dictionary defines discrimination as a social, economical, political or legal distinction made between individuals or groups such that one has the power to treat the other unfavorably. Discrimination can also be defined as the act or policy of treating someone differently, setting them apart or denying them rights because they are different from the majority. Discrimination may be based on the grounds of one or more of the differences of nationality,
  • Black americans
    black americans Black Americans Black Americans are those persons in the United States who trace their ancestry to members of the Negroid race in Africa. They have at various times in United States history been referred to as African, coloured, Negro, Afro-American, and African-American, as well as black. The black population of the United States has grown from three-quarters of a million in 1790 to nearly 30 million in 1990. As a percentage of the total population, blacks declined from 19.3 in
  • Misconceptions of African American life
    Misconceptions of African American life When you control a man\'s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his "proper place" and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary. This quote, spoken true by a prominent African American scholar of the 20th ce
  • Separation and Survival in
    Separation and Survival in In the spring of 1841, Solomon Northup accepted an offer of short-term employment as a musician, accompanying a pair of white men, circus performers working their way back to their troupe. A free African-American and resident of New York state, Northup expected the job to take him from Saratoga Springs to New York City, entailing only a brief absence from home — so brief, in fact, that he did not leave word for his wife, also employed away from home for a number of we
  • George Washington Carver The Peanut Man
    George Washington Carver The Peanut Man George Washington Carver Have you ever wondered who invented Peanut Butter? Did you know that the same man made more than 450 products ranging from margarine to library paste that could be made from the peanut, the sweet potato, and various other cultivated plants (http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/harmon/carvharm.htm)? That man, also known as the Peanut Man (http://search.biography.com/print_record.pl?id=13469), is George Washington Carver. There are three c
  • Racism Debate
    Racism Debate Racism Debate By M. Odeh There is a major argument among literary critics whether The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is, or is not a racist novel. The question comes down to the depiction of Jim, the black slave, and to the way Huck and the other characters treat him. The use of the word nigger is a main point raised by many critics, who feel that Twain uses the word too much and too loosely. Although Mark Twain never presents Jim in a completely negative light,
  • Their eyes werw watching god
    their eyes werw watching god Theme Analysis Alice Walker depicts Zora Neale Hurston\'s work as providing the African-American literary community with its prime symbol of "racial health - a sense of black people as complete, complex, undiminished human beings" (190). Appropriately, Hurston\'s Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937, provides an enlightening look at the journey of one of these undiminished human beings, Janie Crawford. Janie\'s story - based on principles of self-explorat
  • Tom sawyer
    tom sawyer Huckleberry Finn - A Racist Novel? There is a major argument among literary critics whether The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is or is not a racist novel. The question focuses on the depiction of Jim, the black slave, and the way he is treated by Huck and other characters. The use of the word "nigger" is also a point raised by some critics, who feel that Twain uses the word too often and too loosely. Mark Twain never presents Jim in a negative light. He does not show
  • Spike Lee Kevin Smith and Alfred Hitchcock as film
    Spike Lee Kevin Smith and Alfred Hitchcock as film auteurs In the film industry, there are directors who merely take someone elses vision and express it in their own way on film, then there are those who take their own visions and use any means necessary to express their visions on film. The latter of these two types of directors are called auteurs. Not only do auteurs write the scripts from elements that they know and love in life, but they direct, produce, and sometimes act in their films as
  • Roaring Twenties
    Roaring Twenties Do you ever find yourself wondering why the 1920s were called the Roaring Twenties? The Roaring Twenties was a celebration of youth and culture. During the 1920s, many different forms of art, music, and literature began. There were many changes that took place in the 1920s, and many people were influenced by these changes. The Roaring Twenties was a constant party because America was celebrating the victory of World War I. Many customs and values changed in the United States in
  • Targeting African American Consumers
    Targeting African American Consumers Targeting African American Consumers: Maximizing the Influence of Mass Media through Mainstream Agencies By Earnell LaShaun Seay December 4, 2000 Targeting African American Consumers: Maximizing the Influence of Mass Media through Mainstream Agencies Introduction African Americans are a core group that influence trends in music, fashion, and television. Corporations are using Mainstream Agencies to target African American consumers by using African American
  • A turbulent time
    A turbulent time A Turbulent Time 1967 was an exciting time of great social and technological change with unforgettable fashion, new musical styles, civil rights, a controversial war in Vietnam, peace marches, flower power, drug abuse, great TV and film, and sexual freedom. People who lived at this time can think back to a time with both good and bad memories, some of which are of partying and good fun, and some of bad choices. In any case these memories serve as a reminder that 1967 was a mixt
  • History of Harlem
    History of Harlem Question 1 Number 1: The New Negro Alain Locke edited a volume of critical essays and literature entitled the New Negro. In it, Locke heralded a spiritual awakening within the Afro-American community. It was manifested by a creative outburst of art, music and literature as well as by a new mood of self-confidence and self-consciousness within that community. The center of this explosion was located in Harlem. Famous personalities such as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Paul R
  • Huckleberry FinnA Racist Novel
    Huckleberry FinnA Racist Novel Huckleberry Finn - A Racist Novel? There is a major argument among literary critics whether Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is or is not a racist novel. The question boils down to the depiction of Jim, the black slave, and to the way he is treated by Huck and other characters. The use of the word "nigger" is also a point raised by some critics, who feel that Twain uses the word too much and too loosely. Mark Twain never presents Jim in a negative light. He does n
  • Racism4
    racism4 Capital Punishment By: Martin Martin Ferretti 3/5/00 Capital Punishment Capital punishment was established in this country many years ago to punish those members of society which have committed horrendous crimes against fellow citizens and in a way to give the family of the victims a sense of peace. Various forms of capital and corporal punishment exist around the world and in most cases are very closely related to the religion of the nation. I believe that capital punishment is an atro
  • Racism4
    racism4 Capital Punishment By: Martin Martin Ferretti 3/5/00 Capital Punishment Capital punishment was established in this country many years ago to punish those members of society which have committed horrendous crimes against fellow citizens and in a way to give the family of the victims a sense of peace. Various forms of capital and corporal punishment exist around the world and in most cases are very closely related to the religion of the nation. I believe that capital punishment is an atro
  • Spike Lee Do The Right Thing vs Summer of Sam
    Spike Lee Do The Right Thing vs Summer of Sam Spike Lee\'s entire career as a filmmaker has focused on illustrating New York City\'s multiple stories and histories, especially those of the city\'s diverse African American community. With a mixture of skill and controversy, Spike Lee has put together narratives that combine stories picked from newspaper headlines with others drafted from fiction. Summer of Sam is best known for the fact that it is the filmmaker\'s first film dealing with non-Afr
  • 60s music influence on our society
    60s music influence on our society Sixties Music and How it Reflected the Changing Times The 1960’s in the United States was a decade marred by social unrest, civil rights injustice, and violence both home and abroad. These were some of the factors that lead to a cultural revolution. The revolution attempted to diverge the fabric of American society. Teenagers were living dangerously and breaking away from the ideals that their parents held. In the process they created their own society (Burns
  • Rising Up
    Rising Up Rising Up Still I Rise by Maya Angelou is directed towards blacks on how to be proud of their ancestry, themselves, and their overall appearance. The poem is a special and motivating poem that African-Americans (and other races for that matter) should read and take to heart. According to African-Americans, Maya Angelou states that no matter what white Americans (slave owners) say or do to African-Americans (slaves) they can still rise up to make a better life for themselves and thei
  • Drug Testing
    Drug Testing Drug Testing Drug testing in the United States began with the explosive use of illegal drugs, in order to curb drug abuse. This began during the Vietnam War with drug use at a climax. In general, Drug testing is a way to detect illegal drug use and deter it, usually by Urinalysis. Drug testing in the United States violates a citizens right to unreasonable search and seizures along with jeopardizing ones freedom. Furthermore, Drug testing is not only an unreliable invasion of a p
  • None Provided8
    None Provided8 Education has always been a crucial part of society for the past centuries. Some believe that our education is a privilege. Some believe that our education is a right. Some believe that our education is an obligation. The only obligation we might have towards education is to treat it as a privilege as well as a right, but certainly not an obligation to have an education. Education has been the basis for the success we see in our parents, our teachers, and more importantly, oursel
  • Blacks of the Bible
    Blacks of the Bible Blacks of the Bible Any attempt to establish a universally accepted statement as to the presence of blacks in the Old Testament would be futile for several reasons. Firstly, current definitions of a black or Negro person may differ greatly dependent on the context of their usage, and therefore any study aimed to show the presence of blacks in the bible would be limited to the definition used by either the author or the reader of such a study. Also, the concept of race define
  • Albinism
    Albinism Albinism In the past, albinos were usually treated with fear or awe. They were sometimes killed at birth. Albino births were common enough in some groups not to cause any excitement. For example, among the San Blas Indians of Panama, one in approximately 130 births is an albino. In the mid-nineteenth century, albinos were exhibited in sideshows. Whole families were displayed at times and were described as a unique race of might people. They were said to live underground and to come out
  • Phenylketonuria
    Phenylketonuria Phenylketonuria Evidence supports the theory that an unknown disease causing mental retardation surfaced among wives and slaves of Vikings in Ireland and Scotland long ago. Despite this Celtic origin, it was not until 1934 that a biochemist named A. Folling from Norway discovered phenylketonuria through urine testing. He correctly identified the disease as one in which the body cannot handle phenylalanine, an essential amino acid found in protein. Then in 1947, George Jervis, an
  • Capital Punishment4
    Capital Punishment4 Capital punishment was established in this country many years ago to punish those members of society which have committed horrendous crimes against fellow citizens and in a way to give the family of the victims a sense of peace. Various forms of capital and corporal punishment exist around the world and in most cases are very closely related to the religion of the nation. I believe that capital punishment is an atrocious institution and should only be used in those very few
  • Capital Punishment4
    Capital Punishment4 Capital punishment was established in this country many years ago to punish those members of society which have committed horrendous crimes against fellow citizens and in a way to give the family of the victims a sense of peace. Various forms of capital and corporal punishment exist around the world and in most cases are very closely related to the religion of the nation. I believe that capital punishment is an atrocious institution and should only be used in those very few
  • Love and color
    Love and color Is love colorblind? Just three decades ago, Thurgood Marshall was only months away from appoint- ment to the Supreme Court when he suffered an indignity that today seems not just outrageous but almost incomprehensible. He and his wife had found their dream house in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., but could not lawfully live together in that state: he was black and she was Asian. Fortunately for the Marshalls, in January 1967 the Supreme Court struck down the anti-interraci
  • Serial killer
    serial killer SERIAL MURDER: In the last three decades the USA has been troubled by an approaching problem, the serial killer. A serial killer is a person who kills a number of people, usually considered over five, with a cooling off period between each murder, usually one murder at one given time). Two murders at one time occasionally happen and these murders may go on for a period of months or years until the killer is caught. Throughout the last three decades the US serial killer rate has ri
  • None Provided9
    None Provided9 Capital Punishment Martin Ferretti 3/5/00 Capital Punishment Capital punishment was established in this country many years ago to punish those members of society which have committed horrendous crimes against fellow citizens and in a way to give the family of the victims a sense of peace. Various forms of capital and corporal punishment exist around the world and in most cases are very closely related to the religion of the nation. I believe that capital punishment is an atrociou
  • Dont read
    dont read Kyrish Iyer AP American Mark twains ideas of racism in Huckleberry Finn and Pudd\'nhead Wilson Mark Twain had written two very similar novels that are based on the ideas of racism, or prejudice against certain races,(in this case, Afro-American during his lifetime. These two novels, Huckleberry Finn and Pudd\'nhead Wilson, depict a very satirical yet realistic view of the way society behaves and how people in general live and grow in different social systems or positions. Huck Finn de
  • African hair styles
    african hair styles African hair sculpture is what they call it and Africa and to them it is an art. Africans hardly ever leave their hair or their body plain or in the book, it says "natural" state. It says that they spend a lot of time and energy on grooming and self-admiration. Sounds like it\'s the same way there as it is here because I love to "groom." Ha ha. Anyway, it says they spend a lot of time on their hair and looks but special attention to their hair. The "art" of hairdressing was p
  • Capital punishment
    capital punishment Sajju Shah PLS 201 Super Assignments Professor Peterson Capital Punishment: Right or Wrong? Capital Punishment? The question as to whether the state has the right to execute a person found guilty of murder has been debated at length for decades. As with the subject of abortion, it is one of the most controversial topics of discussion in our country today. According to the website religious www.tolerance.org, about 60 to 80% of American adults say they want to retain capital pu
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Research Paper
    Their Eyes Were Watching God Research Paper Zora Neale Hurston\'s Their Eyes Were Watching God Research Paper I am Me, My Eyes Toward God Mark Evans Zora Neale Hurston an early twentieth century Afro-American feminist author, was raised in a predominately black community which gave her an unique perspective on race relations, evident in her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston drew on her on experiences as a feminist Afro-American female to create a story about the magical transformation
  • A Raisin in the Sun: Essay
    A Raisin in the Sun: Essay The Younger family is an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. Walter Lee Younger\'s father has passed away, leaving ten thousand dollars from life insurance. This drama deals with how the family copes with this money, their dreams, race, and each other. During the play, Mama says, "Sometimes you just have to know when to give up some things…and hold on to what you got." This statement relates to Walter, Beneatha, and Mama\'s lives
  • Huckleberry Finn - Social And Literary Aspects
    Huckleberry Finn - Social And Literary Aspects Mark Twain\'s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel about a young boys coming of age in Missouri of the mid-1800s. The main character, Huckleberry Finn, spends much time in the novel floating down the Mississippi River on a raft with a runaway slave named Jim. Before he does so, however, Huck spends some time in the fictional town of St. Petersburg where a number of people attempt to influence him. Before the novel begins, Huck Finn has led