African American Literature and Culture

Racial identity is a complex issue in African American literature and in the society at large. Morrison provides a window into the world of Pecola Breedlove in The Bluest Eye that helps us understand, somewhat, her difficulties with racial identity and what informs it. Alex Haley, in conjunction with Malcolm X, presents a stark contrast in how Malcolm X embraced racial identity by sharing his life story in The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Compare and contrast Pecola Breedlove and Malcolm X in how their environment, family members and self-perception impacted the development of racial identity.

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