Discuss male power in Morrison's The Bluest Eye. What is the dominant power in the society within The Bluest Eye?

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There are a few examples of male power throughout Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye.

First, Pecola's brother, Samuel, is able to run away from their family violence because he is a boy. Pecola, on the other hand, is unable to do the same thing.

Another example of male power is Cholly's rape of his own daughter, Pecola. Not only does this illustrate man's physical power over a woman, but it also illustrates the patriarchal power over the family. Girls should not go against their fathers, even when they (the fathers) are deeply wrong. Although Cholly does flee after raping his daughter, this event still illustrates the power of the male in the novel and alludes to historical violence against women nand girls in the home.

Mr. Henry's character also illustrates male power. Although the girls see him as a nice man, he uses this to get close to them because of his attraction to young girls. He purposely misleads the girls around him through the use of a friendly and understanding...

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