The second version contains the same words as the first but contains no punctuation or capitalization; this version symbolizes the MacTeer family, which is stable and loving but economically below a family like the Fishers. MacTeer Claudia and Frieda's mother. For example, because Claudia is the same age as Pecola, she should be able to empathize with her; however, as an adult, she looks back at the manner in which she and her community cast Pecola as a scapegoat and is able to see that they did not love her as they should have. Race and Racism The fact that Pecola, Pauline, and Claudia must struggle with the fact that they do not fit white society's idea of beauty is part of the racism toward blacks that has existed ever since they were brought to the as slaves. Cholly was raised by his great aunt, called Aunt Jimmy. He rapes Pecola, skipping town when she becomes pregnant. That night, while the girls lie in bed, Pecola is awestruck because she has been told that the bleeding means she is now able to have a baby.
In The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison tells the story of a little black girl who thinks that if she can live up to the image of the blue-eyed Shirley Temple and Dick and Jane that she will have the perfect life that they have. He is a child molester who believes he is better than God. Hanging out of windows over saloons in Mobile. Cholly has a similar need to hate her, because she is one of the few things he can touch and hurt. She lives with her abusive father, Cholly Breedlove, who is also an alcoholic, and her mother Pauline Breedlove.
It used to be that black magazines like Ebony and Jet, barometers of the levels of black consciousness, carried advertisements for bleaching creams and hair-straighteners. Throughout the whole novel, she believed that having blue eye would make her beautiful which would make her life easier. She displays this fixation symbolically through the compulsive consumption of milk from a Shirley Temple cup. Henry who the women were, and he tells the girls that the women are members of his Bible study class. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, is a story about the life of a young black girl, Pecola Breedlove, who is growing up during post World War I.
Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruits it will not bear, and when the land kills of its own volition, we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live. The morning, which should be the most hopeful time of day and the time when it would be most pleasant to have warmth, is the coldest time of all. Claudia and Frieda both hate her and love her. Pauline Breedlove, lame in one foot, believes she is ugly, and bears children she thinks are ugly. Breedlove, Mother of the Reader, does not play with Pecola; she knocks her down in the kitchen of her white employers when she spills the blueberry cobbler, but tums, immediately, to soothe the little white girl who calls her Polly. At the same time, the Breedlove family is introduced.
Sentences from the Reader introduce this story, indicating their inner confusion and general desolation. However, the hatred he directs toward Darlene gnaws at him his entire life. He goes to Macon, where his father supposedly resides. She has not yet learned the self-hatred that plagues her peers. Why do they mature into very different people even though they share many of the same experiences? We are wrong, of course, but it doesn't matter. These lessons surface repeatedly in Morrison's first novel The Bluest Eye and in many of her other works. The cat is the object of her greatest affection, a clean and quiet animal that leaves no messes.
Sammy Breedlove Brother of Pecola, Sammy Breedlove is a victim of his parents failed marriage and deals with their arguments by running away from home. When the little white girl asks Mrs. When the strength of a people rests on its beauty, when the focus is on how one looks rather than what one is, we are in trouble. Precola Breedlove longs to be deemed beautiful which means to be white with blue eyes. Finally, Morrison uses clips from the Dick and Jane reader symbolically.
Another prevalent theme of the novel would be femininity. She does nothing, but instead has things happen to her. In Frieda and Claudia's minds, the fact that the marigolds they plant do not grow results from the fact that Pecola is pregnant with Cholly's child. MacTeer tries to whip the girls. As an African-American woman from the South living in the new culture of the north, Pauline went to the movies to escape her problems and ended up gaining more problems in the process. A high-yellow dream child with long brown hair braided into two lynch ropes that hung down her back. Which means — there will always be reasons for the latter.
The narrative structure of The Bluest Eye is important in revealing just how pervasive and destructive social racism is. MacTeer into a rage against Miss. The fight with Maureen reveals something importantPecola's desperate reaction to Maureen's question seems to indicate that perhaps she has not only seen her father naked, but has had experience with her father's nakedness in ways that are not normal. The next two to which she was exposed were much more dangerous--the ideology of physical beauty and the ideology of romantic love. Hattie Della's sister and the object of gossip because of her absentminded grinning.
When his guardian, Aunt Jimmy, dies, he is initiated into the world of racism as two hunters interrupt him having sex with a young black girl named Darlene and refuse to let the couple stop. Printed at first with the structure of simple sentences, it is repeated without punctuation, then without spaces between the words: Here is the house. Instead, Morrison focuses on the world in which the MacTeers and Breedloves live. Two pivotal events for Morrison occurred at Howard: she changed her name to Toni because many people could not pronounce Chloe, and she became acquainted with black life in while touring with the Howard University Players. For example, Claudia hates Shirley Temple, unlike Pecola who idolizes her, and does not understand the fascination black adults have with little white girls.