Vol. 4,No. 12, December 2014
Author(s): Navid Salehi Babamiri
Abstract: Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye presents the concept of motherhood has been distorted by racial ideology. Thus the novel makes motherhood difficult because it deals principally with the impact of the predominant white ideas of beauty upon the African American lives of the Macteers in general and the Breedlove in particular. However, motherwork, in its tasks of preservation, nurturance, cultural bearing, and healing seeks to empower children by protecting them and teaching children how to protect themselves. This protection centers upon the formation of a black selfhood that makes survival and resistance possible, so, mothers must, to fulfill these tasks, be the strong women of the ancient properties to imitate and maintain them because only these women can pass on overwhelmingly the teachings of African American motherline. But unfortunately, Morrison shows how the lack of motherhood in black family leads to psychological and emotional collapse.
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