In Two or Three Things I know for sure, Alison treats violence as the inevitable outcome of sexuality. Being beautiful, being ugly, or anything of the sort- its all part of this cycle that we cant avoid. Between women and men, or men and men, or women and women, we are sexual, and in being sexual we cant help but become violent. In The Bluest Eye, I feel that yeah, the characters go through these violent episodes, but they do still feel hope that there will be redemption. I feel like in the book, the adults are to blame for the lack of, (or abundance of) violence in the girls’ sexual experiences. Opposing Alison’s belief that it’s pretty much just always there.
Professor Laura Westengard
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