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What is the significance of Shirley Temple to Morrison's Novel?

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Black women internalize white beauty that they have been saturated with by the media. They loath their own blackness. THe white doll given to claudia is a depiction of Shirley Temple, the epitome of white feminine "cuteness". This gives credence to the idea that lighter skinned Maureen is somehow more attractive than her black female peers. This idea is perpetuated by Pauline Breedlove’s preference for caring for white girls over her own daughter.