Analyze the symbolism of white baby dolls, blue eyes, and Shirley Temple, used in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, and tie them together to show how they represent a particular theme. Please provide quotes for each of the symbols.
In Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye, the story's narrator, nine-year-old Claudia, is possessed of a rebellious streak that sets her apart from other little girls who inhabit her world, particularly her older sister Frieda and the troubled, abused Pecola Breedlove. While Frieda shares Claudia's relative maturity and clear-eyed vision of the confines in which these lower-income black people live, it is Claudia who resents the prevailing image of feminine perfection represented in the dolls she is regularly given as presents.
As Morrison's story begins, the reader is introduced to the kind of bland, Eurocentric imagery that dominated both children's literature and the marketing that sought to place those images in every American home irrespective of ethnicity:
“Here is the house. It is green and white. It has a red door. It is very pretty. Here is the family. Mother, Father, Dick, and Jane live in the green-and-white house. They are very happy.”
As this introductory passage continues,...
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