THE IMPACT OF DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES ON THE PROTAGONISTS? CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN THE BLUEST EYE AND ABSALOM, ABSALOM

Abstract

Author(s): Kadriye Asli Cenesiz*

Taken as a common matter in the two novels The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner, dysfunctional families, effect the development of the characters strongly. Both Morrison and Faulkner indicate with their effective ways how hard it is to exist and survive in a destructive society including the family which the characters in the book were born into. The protagonists Pecola Breedlove and Henry Sutpen were both raised in dysfunctional families, in terms of unity, physical and psychological well-being. The reader may find the stories and characters demanding their empathy as the stories are close, if not directly taken from, the real life itself. In this context, this paper aims to examine the effects of destructive experiences the protagonists of these two novels face in hostile environments as they grow up and get ready for adulthood by means of studying the similarities and differences of the outcomes in the development of their personalities.

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