AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 4, Number1. February  2020                              Pp.203- 211

The Technique of Juxtaposition in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

Department of English Language
College of Basic Education
Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq


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The current study examines Toni Morrison’s utilization of the technique of juxtaposition in her 1970 novel The Bluest Eye to distinguish the weakest party in the American society and the most vulnerable individual among them. The study analyzes some settings, characters, and concepts, in the novel besides how Morrison juxtaposed two or three of them so that one character, belief, event, or place would seem the most unfortunate among the rest. Morrison trusts her readers to identify similarities and differences between the three families included in the novel; the White family of the Dick-and-Jane Primer, the poor African American MacTeers, and the poorer African American Breedloves by placing them side by side. She also urges her readers to compare and contrast to reach a better understanding of one of the main ideas of the text, the concept that Pecola and her family are the most unfortunate among the Americans in general.

Cite as:

Khdairi, I. M. (2020). The Technique of Juxtaposition in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 4 (1) 203-211.


Iman Mahdi Khdairi is an Instructor of English Literature at the Department of English Language, College of Basic Education, Mustansiriyah University since (2009). She has a Master’s Degree in Victorian Fantasy Literature (2004) and Bachelor’s degree in English Language from Baghdad University, College of Education for Women (2000). ORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7573-4661