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Henry, and Pecola Breedlove, a temporary foster child whose house is burned down by her unstable, alcoholic, and sexually abusive father. Pecola is a quiet, passive young girl who grows up with little money and whose parents are constantly fighting, both verbally and physically. Pecola is continually reminded of what an "ugly" girl she is by members of her neighborhood and school community.
In an attempt to beautify herself, Pecola wishes for blue eyes — a standard that was perpetuated through the gifting of white, blue-eyed dolls throughout her childhood.
Additionally, most chapters' titles are extracts from the Dick and Jane paragraph in the novel's prologue, presenting a white family that may be contrasted with Pecola's.
The chapter titles contain sudden repetition of words or phrases, many cut-off words, and no interword separations. The novel, through flashbacksexplores the younger years of both of Pecola's parents, Cholly and Pauline, and their struggles as African-Americans in a largely White Anglo-Saxon Protestant community.
Pauline now works as a servant for a wealthier white family. One day in the novel's present time, while Pecola is doing dishes, drunk Cholly rapes her.
His motives are largely confusing, seemingly a combination of both love and hate. After raping her a second time, he flees, leaving her pregnant. Claudia and Frieda are the only two in the community that hope for Pecola's child to survive in the coming months.
Consequently, they give up the money they had been saving to buy a bicycle, instead planting marigold seeds with the superstitious belief that if the flowers bloom, Pecola's baby will survive.
The marigolds never bloom, and Pecola's child, who is born prematurely, dies. In the aftermath, a dialogue is presented between two sides of Pecola's own deluded imagination, in which she indicates conflicting feelings about her rape by her father.
In this internal conversation, Pecola speaks as though her wish for blue eyes has been granted, and believes that the changed behavior of those around her is due to her new eyes, rather than the news of her rape or her increasingly strange behavior.
Claudia, as narrator a final time, describes the recent phenomenon of Pecola's insanity and suggests that Cholly who has since died may have shown Pecola the only love he could by raping her. Claudia laments on her belief that the whole community, herself included, have used Pecola as a scapegoat to make themselves feel prettier and happier.
One of the main characters of the novel, Pecola is a young black girl who comes from a financially unstable family.
Between a combination of facing domestic violence, bullying, sexual assault, and living in a community that associates beauty with whiteness, she suffers from low self-esteem and views herself to be ugly.
The title The Bluest Eye refers to Pecola's fervent wishes for beautiful blue eyes. Her insanity at the end of the novel is her only way to escape the world where she cannot be beautiful and to get the blue eyes she desires from the beginning of the novel.
Narrates majority of the novel and is also a young black girl. She is the child of Pecola's foster parents and is Frieda's sister. She is not only Pecola's fostering sister but she is also considered to be her friend. She is an independent, mature and passionate 9-year-old girl in a world were there are many social issues.
However, even though she is unaware of all of these major social issues, she is one of few, if any, characters that feel sympathy for Pecola. Claudia is the polar opposite of Pecola. In the first chapter she destroys her white dolls out of internalized hatred of white people. Contrastingly, Pecola consistently acts on her desire to achieve white beauty standards.
Claudia is raised in a stable home, always assured of her self-worth and surrounded by a strong network of family.
Is Claudia's year-old sister. Frieda is more enlightened to the world in comparison to her younger sister and Pecola. Frieda is courageous and unwavering.
She is seen to defend both Claudia and Pecola within the novel. Frieda can be classified as determined, independent and stubborn at times.A short Toni Morrison biography describes Toni Morrison's life, times, and work. Morrison grew up with a love of literature and received her undergraduate degree from Howard University.
specializing in black fiction. During this difficult and somewhat lonely time, she began working on her first novel, The Bluest Eye, which was published.
Bluest Eye study guide contains a biography of Toni Morrison, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Toni Morrison, the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, is best known for her novels and literary criticism. The Bluest Eye, Morrison’s first novel, was followed by Sula (), Song.
“Toni Morrison’s first novel “the bluest eye” is a novel about racism, yet there are relatively few instances of the direct oppression. Another author is Jaclynja Yo my eighth author.
Yo says the book is the theme of America today is the book. ENGL Kiesel Literary Analysis 4 Becoming Beautiful Toni Morrison, in her afterward for The Bluest Eye, writes much about her disappointment with the initial response from the novel. Home» Literature» Poetry» Literary Analysis of “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison: History and Slavery Literary Analysis of “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison: History and Slavery Posted by Nicole Smith, Jan 15, Poetry Comments Closed Print.