The Bluest Eye Love is something that can never be defined. The thought of just that one word, love, can make one feel happy, sad or even angry. A 4 letter word that is so powerful it can make or break your life. In the book The Bluest Eye love was represented in the worst way, violently. Violent love is love that is shown in a harsh, aggressive way. This is usually because the person showing this violent love doesn’t know how to show love any other way. Violent love is a never ending cycle that is passed down from generation to generation, which is shown in the loving of a spouse, a parent loving their child, and the loving of oneself. Gary Chapmen says in his well reviewed book The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, “People tend to criticize their spouse most loudly in a area where they themselves have the deepest emotional need.” Cholly and Pauline weren’t going to work out from the start because they both had major problems connected to love. They both faulted each other for a lost love that they never had as a child. In Cholly’s childhood the only thing he had remotely connected to love was his mother who abandoned him, his Aunt Jimmy who died, and his father who could care less about him. Because of this, whenever he tried to love someone that was what he referred to, and because they were such despondent experiences he thought of love as something unpleasant. Pauline also had that same dilemma because her reference of love was how her parents never paid any attention to her, how she was isolated and never felt special. In the beginning of their relationship Pauline and Cholly were happy, “Pauline and Cholly loved each other. He seemed to relish her company and even enjoy her country ways and lack of knowledge about city things,” (Morison 115). At this time Cholly enjoyed being around Pauline, he finally had someone who he could love and someone that made him happy. This was a time in their relationship where they truly loved each other and now that love has turned to resentment, violence. Cholly and Pauline together are like the affect of a drug, its good at first then after a while all the terrible feelings that were hidden before comes back 10x as strong. Soon after their marriage the good affect of the drug decreased as the bad affect increased. The cycle of violent love was invincible, “Cholly was kindness still but began to resist her total dependence on him. They were beginning to have less and less to say to each other” (Morrison 118). Once their love started to fail, Pauline and Cholly handled it the only way they knew how to handle it, with aggression and fighting. Doing so continues this endless cycle of violent love. This constant fighting and struggle with loving each other terribly affected their children. Pauline and Cholly not being able to love each other made it significantly impossible for them to love their children. Without a doubt parents love their children. Nevertheless, every parent loves their child differently than others. They might show their affection with hugs and kisses, they might show it with gifts and pampering; Ether way their love is shown. In the case of Pauline and Cholly’s children Pecola and Sammy, they showed their love through violence and brutality. This affects one child entirely different than it does the other. Sammy because he is the eldest runs away, but Pecola, the youngest, doesn’t have that option and with no other way out is forced to live with her inadequate parents. Pauline doesn’t know how to deal with Pecola when she does wrong because she was never dealt with when she was done she was only shown anger, and that being all she knows is what she does. She said when talking about her life with her children, “Sometimes I would catch myself hollering at them and beating them, and I’d feel sorry for them, but I couldn’t seem to stop” (Morrison 124). Pauline doesn’t know how to properly raise her children because she wasn’t…
My review is on the short story “The Bluest Eye” written by Toni Morrison. I am evaluating how the story was put together and how it made me feel as a reader. This review will be about how well I feel it did on making me feel what the character would have felt in the circumstances she was in, in the story.
This was a story about a little girl and her struggle with being a colored person in 1941. Her name is Pcola and she wishes for her eyes to turn blue so she could be pretty like all the blond…
Novel Application of, “The Bluest Eye.”
By Rodney Harris Jr
This Bluest Eye starts in the 1939 and ends in 1941, in Lorain, Ohio, Georgia, and Alabama. It has several characters who all live in the same house. The main characters are Mrs. Breedlove, Claudia, Frieda, Pecola Breedlove, Mrs. Macteer, and Cholly Breedlove. The story is narrated by Claudia, the daughter of Mrs. Macteer, looking back to her childhood as an adult, she’s the youngest of…
Literature is often used as a tool to raise awareness of social problems. The novel The Bluest Eye, written by Toni Morrison, portrays the life of an eleven-year old, Pecola Breedlove, which appears as a delicate and fragile character, who has been victim of racism and violence. During the course of the novel, the author displays the main character problematic family life, full of suffering and pain from which it derives her fascination for white girls by seeing herself in a derogatory way. In…
using such characteristics in a work, it somehow loads it down with extraneous details. However, in Morrison's The Bluest Eye, it only enhances the reading and furthers the reader's understanding of the timherself In accordance with the understanding of the reading and the enhancement of the words on the pages, Morrison fulfills the obligation of the following quote in The Bluest Eye: "The vitality of language lies in its ability to limn the actual, imagined and possible lives of its speakers, readers…
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Toni Morrison composes a novel with themes of the standards of beauty including isolation experienced by many of the characters throughout the story. Morrison, by means of symbolism, uses dolls to illustrate Claudia’s frustration about why they are adored by everyone. Unlike Pecola, she does not see why these insignificant dolls possess such beauty symbolizing a misunderstanding…
In the bluest eyes Toni Morrison uses Cholly's characterization to show that oppression
makes people heartless and careless. people who are constantly rejected and oppressed by
society and their own "family" are actually the ones who never have gotten love from no body
therefore, they can't comprehend how a relationship should be. Since those people have
never get love they don't know the definition of love or how to show care because they had
never receive that. Cholly never meet her parents…
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…
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Toni Morrison, author of The Bluest Eye, writes about a young girl, Pocola, who goes
through a rough childhood experiencing abuse, being ignored, racism, and early and unwanted
motherhood. InThe Bluest Eye, Morrison discusses different family societal ideals in relation to
their children's depiction of self worth.
In the beginning of the novel reader is introduced to the main family the Breedloves. With
a father, mother, and two children the Breedloves have a very hostile environment in their home…
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, is a brilliant novel that shows the struggling life of a young black girl named Pecola Breedlove. It takes place during the 1940s in Lorain, Ohio. This book is seen through the eyes of Claudia MacTeer describing the interaction between society and Pecola. This novel shows how people believed that only one skin color was considered beautiful, white.
Toni Morrison depicts how the beauty of white girls is overpowering the images of black girls and women through subliminal…