Essay on The Bluest Eye

Submitted By bri16908
Words: 513
Pages: 3

Blue eyes, blonde hair, white skin.

This being what most African American girls desired in the 1940s. This was considered

“beautiful” to African American girls in the 1940s. In Toni Morrison’s first novel and national bestseller

The Bluest Eye, eleven year old Pecola Breedlove grows up as an abused and unloved daughter. One of

the first events that happen in the story is when Pecola begins to menstruate and is told that she can

now have babies and that she is starting to grow as a woman. Then later in the story, she is raped and

impregnated by her father, resulting in a traumatic, sexual coming-of-age. She is labeled as an outcast,

someone who does not belong with the rest because of the color of her skin. She wants to escape

the world that she has been brought into; a world of hate, racism, and ignorance. She then desires to

become beautiful, so she prays for blue eyes. After a year of hoping and praying, she does not receive

her wish. She goes to a spiritualist asking for blue eyes, and when she believes that her wish will come

true, she convinces herself that her eyes have become blue and that she is no longer ugly, but beautiful.

Being a minority in a time of absolute prejudice, Pecola grows in the face of adversity, strife, and

tragedy. She is scorned by other children because of her brown eyes, dark skin, and curly hair that set

her apart from them. Because of these issues, she believes that whiteness is beautiful, and she is ugly.

She is wrongly blamed for things because of the color of her skin and the period of time that she lives

in, such as killing a boy’s cat, resulting in being called a “nasty little black…” by his mother. Then she is

raped by her own father, whom at that time was filled with mixed feelings of anger, hatred, and guilt.

When her