In the example sentence, "the main character" is the noun phrase that actively connects to the verb phrase "could not stand alone." While her passivity might make her a "narrative void", she is not the "bleak narrative of psychological murder"--that is a description that should've applied to the entire novel. (Watch out for misplaced modifiers)
Begun as a bleak narrative of psychological murder, the main character could not stand alone since her
passivity made her a narrative void.
blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
The use of the word "desecration" to describe the wish for blue eyes seems like an exaggeration, but it emphasizes the author's outrage at her friend for not believing that her God-given eyes were good enough. The idea of desecration also connects to the desired color. If her friend had wished for silver eyes, that would not be so blasphemous, because nobody has silver eyes. But to wish for an eye color that is characteristic of another race is saying that your own race is not beautiful.
The sorrow in her voice seemed to call for sympathy, and I faked it for her, but, astonished by the
desecration she proposed, I “got mad” at her instead.
the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
The Bluest Eye was my effort to say something about that; to say something about why she had not, or possibly ever would have, the experience of what she possessed and also why she prayed for so radical an
a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
The assertion of racial beauty was not a reaction to the self-mocking, humorous critique of cultural/racial
foibles common in all groups, but against the damaging internalization of assumptions of immutable inferiority originating in an outside gaze.
not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature
The assertion of racial beauty was not a reaction to the self-mocking, humorous critique of cultural/racial foibles common in all groups, but against the damaging internalization of assumptions of
immutable inferiority originating in an outside gaze.
Another definition of "singular" is "being a single and separate person"--this adjective could describe the lonely nature of Pecola's life which, coupled with her unique situation, made her easy to wound.
singular as Pecola’s life was, I believed some aspects of her woundability were lodged in all young girls.
In exploring the social and domestic aggression that could cause a child to literally fall apart, I mounted a series of rejections, some routine, some exceptional, some monstrous, all the while trying hard to avoid
complicity in the demonization process Pecola was subjected to.
Because that moment was so racially infused (my revulsion at what my school friend wanted: very blue eyes in a very black skin; the harm she was doing to my concept of the beautiful), the struggle was for writing that was
My choices of language (speakerly,
aural, colloquial), my reliance for full comprehension on codes embedded in black culture, my effort to effect immediate coconspiracy and intimacy (without any distancing, explanatory fabric), as well as my attempt to shape a silence while breaking it are attempts to transfigure the complexity and wealth of Black American culture into a language worthy of the culture.
corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
Hearing “civilized” languages
debase humans, watching cultural exorcisms
debase literature, seeing oneself preserved in the amber of disqualifying metaphors—I can say that my narrative project is as difficult today as it was then.