Describes & compares racist & misogynist mistreatment of black women in Wallace Thurman’s The Blacker the Berry, Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” & Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.
This study will analyze the images of black women as presented in three novels, Wallace Thurman’s The Blacker the Berry…, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. The study will focus on what the female characters think of themselves and what society thinks of them (and black male characters) in terms of their skin color. This consideration will include the differences between dark- and light-skinned characters in terms of their interpersonal and social experiences.
The thesis of the study will be that, despite these differences, the overall messages of the three novels is that it is a tragedy that human beings are judged according to their skin color, and it is an even greater tragedy when people are judged by the members of their own race because of skin color.