Racial discrimination and women in Toni Morrison’s novels
Dr. Ramaiah G, E Kalyani
This paper deals with the complexity of Racism and women in the novels of Toni Morrison. For this purpose we have taken a critical study of two novels of Toni Morrison. Some of the main issues are taken in The Bluest Eye. In this novel we have shown that the author’s main concern is not racism but internal racism. It deals with the habits of the blacks which lie in a slavish imitation of the white system of values. What pains her mind most is that almost all the blacks do not behave independently but they act under false inspiration of the white system of values. The main question before the novelist is whether the blacks will wake up to the reality of the situation. Liberation from the white mandate is viewed as the only solution for the future of the black race. The Bluest Eye projects two moments which obviously proceed in two contradictory directions. One pattern is concerned with the over valuation of the white mandate which is followed by Pecola and Pauline, and the other is concerned with the devaluation of the white mandate which is followed by Claudia. Claudia is author’s model how other blacks should behave. In Sula grounds are carefully built in order to lay emphasis upon the character of Sula, whose intention is to liberate the first world peopled by many characters from slavish adherence to the tradition of the white race. For Sula denial of freedom is denial of life. So long as this situation prevails there is no living for her in actual sense. The people of Medallion who lag behind Sula are not in a position to keep pace with the thinking of Sula. In fact, Sula can be treated as a mouthpiece of the novelist. It is only a self-projection of the novelist in an artistic form. If one understands Sula in depth, one understands the various shades and nuances of the novel. Sula is a key to unlock the riddle of the entire novel.