Shattered Innocence: Unveiling Gender-Based Violence in Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye”

  • Bolla Madhavi Department of English, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
  • Konda Nageswar Rao Director, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra, India & Department of English, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Keywords: Shattered Innocence, Ultimately, Ferocity, Subaltern, Feminist, Black People


Explores the theme of national ferocity towards female characters in Toni Morrison’s seminal novel, “The Bluest Eye”. This abstract delivers a transitory overview of the paper, prominence its mainpurposes, procedure, and discoveries. The study aims to analyse the depiction of national ferocity against Femalein “The Bluest Eye”, examining the ways in which Morrison exposes the harsh reality of gender-based ferocity and its profound impact on the lives of female characters. Through a close reading of the novel, the paper delves into the intricate dynamics of power, oppression, and subjugation, which contribute to the perpetuation of ferocity within the national sphere. Drawing upon feminist literary criticism and utilizing a qualitative research approach, the study critically examines the experiences of characters such as Pecola Breedlove, Frieda, and Claudia, as they navigate the complexities of abuse, both physical and psychological. By unravelling the layers of societal norms, racial prejudices, and cultural influences, the paper sheds light on the multifaceted nature of gender-based ferocity and its interplay with intersecting forms of discrimination. The findings underscore the pervasive nature of national ferocity, highlighting its damaging effects on the psyche and self-worth of Femalecharacters. Moreover, the analysis reveals how Morrison’s narrative acts as a platform for raising awareness and fostering dialogue around the often-silenced issue of gender-based ferocity. By amplifying the voices and experiences of marginalized women, the novel invites readers to confront the uncomfortable truths embedded within their society. Ultimately, this research contributes to the existing scholarship on national ferocity and feminist literature by uncovering the profound implications of gender-based ferocity in “The Bluest Eye”. It emphasizes the significance of Morrison’s work as a catalyst for social change and calls for a collective effort to address and combat the deeply entrenched issue of ferocity against women.

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Madhavi, B., & Rao, K. N. (2023). Shattered Innocence: Unveiling Gender-Based Violence in Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye”. Shanlax International Journal of English, 11(4), 1-7.