He had been reared in a family proud of its academic accomplishments and its mixed blood--in fact, they believed the former was based on the latter
Morrison clearly references the omnipresent theme of nature vs nurture as a critique of the arrangement of the social hierarchy. Morrison utilizes several characters in her attempted satire, depicting the common assumption that one is superior, or in the case of Soaphead’s family, that “white” blood creates a more intelligent race.
This is seen through Maureen Peal, and Geraldine, as they are contrasted by the Breedlove Family. One way in which Morrison alludes to the belief of the lower class believe they are inferior is through Pecola’s visitation to Soaphead.
Throughout the novel Morrison is attempting to satire the common belief of nature vs nurture, while criticizing the belief that African Americans are somehow naturally inferior to Anglo-Saxons.
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