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A Study On Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
Ying-Hua,Liao
Introduction
Toni Morrison was the winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature. She is a prominent contemporary American writer devoted to the black literary and cultural movement. Her achievements and dedication to the promotion of black culture have established her distinguished status in American literature.
Many critics applaud Toni Morrison’s artistic talent and contribution to American literature. Darwin T. Turner, for example, has thus commented: “Morrison has already achieved status as a major novelist--an artful creator of grotesques destined to live in worlds where seeds of love seldom blossom.” Linda W. Wagner approves Morrison’s artistic genius in her mastery of
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Richard H. King, however, suggests that since the 1960s it has been impossible to see American culture as a unitary entity. The melting pot as the dominant conception of American nationality is challenged.9 The American identity starting with the white Angle-Saxon Protestant is threatened.10 Many different ethnic groups in America have enunciated their claims for cultural diversity. Like all these other minority groups, African Americans speak out, stake their rights and voice their existence.
I will give a brief introduction to black power movement. It is in the era and aftermath of the civil rights movement that black cultural consciousness is strongly growing and expanding. The black leader Martin Luther King adopted nonviolent actions to fight against racial oppression. During the 1960s, black people as a category of organized struggle arose. They actively engaged in the political activism, striving for egalitarian reforms and freedom.
The campaigns black people waged to protest against racial segregation in this act included boycotts, sit-ins, Freedom Riders movement, and marches. The civil rights era opened up with an event in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. A black woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested because she refused to give up her front seat to a white in a bus. A boycott of city buses followed as a major step to resist

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