“You not the woman”: Beauty, Transformation, and the Quest for Love in Toni Morrison's the Bluest Eye and God Help the Child





Toni Morrison, God Help the Child, The Bluest Eye, Transformation, Deformation, female beauty, acceptance, abuse.


This comparative study of Morrison's The Bluest Eye (1970) and God Help the Child (2015) focuses on the transformational identities of the two female protagonists, and speculates about the connection between them. Themes of transformation, deformation, alienation and a specifically female version of the hero's journey guide the analysis, which concludes that Pecola and Bride are, in fact, like two women joined familially through generations, carrying the same core trauma, despite Bride's apparent social acceptance and success. The social ramifications of the familiality of these two women, separated by almost half a century, include the need for continued progress in the personal and social empowerment of young Black women.

Author Biography

  • Alaa Alghamdi, Taibah University Saudi Arabia
    Dr. Alaa Alghamdi is an associate professor of English literature at Taibah University, Saudi Arabia. Educated in Saudi Arabia, UK, and USA, Alghamdi is a researcher in modern & contemporary British & American literature and culture.


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