Prejudice In Literature

Toni Morrison’s, The Bluest Eye, Alice Walker’s , The Color Purple , and

Richard Wright’s autobiography , Black Boy , all represent prejudicy . The
preceding novels show the characters were typical victims, not understading the
division of power amongst races. The Bluest Eye , a heart breaking story of a
little back girl living in Lorain, Ohio during the 1930’s, manifest the
longing of Pecola Breedlove’s obsession for love. In order to achieve love she
would have to deny herself of her true identity and surrender to what is thought
to be beautiful and superior: little white girls "gifted" with blond hair
and blue eyes. The novel procalaims the nation’s love for little white girls.

Sadly, Pecola wishes every night to abolish her ugliness: her blackness. If she
could only become "beautiful" she would be loved , rather then become the
subject of hatred ranging fom people like her mother tro her teachers to her
classmates. Recounting the story of a black girl’s hardship’s in the world
of prejudice, Alice Walker’s , The Color Purple presents a moving story of
love, ill-treatment, and growth. Celie, the main character, advances toward
inner growth changing from a abused and submissive wife to an independent and
confident black women. The story is written in Celie’s journal addressed to

God. This is because the only person she thinks she can trust is God I with her
secrets. From Celie’s journal the reader finds out about other characters in
the novel such as Alfonso, Mr._____, Shug, Nettie, and Harpo. The theme of the
novel is straightforward and simple. Like many of the other novels devoted to
the mistreatment of blacks and black women especially. Much of the novel reflect
points in the authors life. The novel is derived from Alice Walker’s own
personal experience, growing up in the rural south as an abused and uneducated
child. Black Boy is an autobiography about Richard Wright. He was born in the
rural Mississippi, the grandson of slaves. Richard Wright overcame every social
obstacle including poverty, racism and limited education to achieve the
regonition as the creator of America’s most powerful literature. Black Boy,

Richard Wright\'s autobiography, covers his childhood and early adulthood. It
opens with four-year-old Richard\'s rebellion against authority. In order to
occupy his time Richard accidently burns down his grandfathers house. "My idea
was growing. Now I was wondering how the long fluffy curatians would look if I
held the burning straws under them( pg 11)." All throughout the entire novel

Richard has some type of hunger. His hunger gets him into trouble. At the time,

Richard was and resentful of his mother\'s command of silence. After his mother
determined that he was unharmed, she beat him so badly that he lost
consciousness. When Richard and his brother were very young, Nathan Wright,
their father, a sharecropper , abandoned the family, plunging them into poverty.

Richard\'s constant hunger made him extremely bitter toward his father. Over the
next few years, Ella, Richard\'s mother, would desperately attempt to feed,
clothe, and shelter her children. Her long hours of work often meant leaving her
children with little supervision. When Richard was six years old, he began
begging drinks in a nearby saloon where the customers plied him with nickels if
he would repeat various curse words and offensive phrases. When beatings
didn’t work helpfully with his growing obsession with alcohol, Ella engaged
the babysitting services of an older black woman in the neighborhood who watched
every move. Ella moved in with her sister, Maggie, and Maggie\'s husband, Silas

Hoskins. Hoskins was the owner of a successful saloon, so there was always more
than enough food to eat. Nevertheless, Richard was unable to lose the fear that
his hunger would return anew, so he hoarded food all over the house.

Unfortunately, the newly found stableness was not destined to last. The local
whites were jealous of Hoskins\'s profitable business, so they murdered him and
threatened to kill the rest of his family. Maggie and Ella fled with the two
boys to live in another town. Maggie and Ella\'s combined wages proved adequate
to feed and clothe Richard and his brother, but Maggie became involved with
"Professor" Matthews, a wanted man. Matthews, being a wanted man gave
the children valued things and a puppy.Shortly after Richard desired to sell the
dog for money to sooth his hunger. The lady only having 97 cents was denied new
ownership of the puppy. A week later the dog was run over and killed. Ella and
the children fled to the North after Mathews killed a white woman;