In Toni Morrison's “The Bluest Eye,” Beauty and significance is based on the shade and color of one's skin. The lighter one's skin, the more superior a person, while the darker skin, the more you are regarded as ugly. Claudia Breedlove, and Pecola Breedlove believe that the lighter the skin is, the more superior and beautiful a person is, rather than believing in herself, she always wished for blue eyes to be perfect. Claudia is constantly faced with white ideals of beauty. For example, for christmas one year, Claudia receives a blue-eyed, blonde-haired, pink-skinned. Rather than playing with the doll or adoring it, Claudia dismembers and destroys the doll as a sign of anger and jealousy towards the dolls beauty. Another example of the theme beauty is when pecola breedlove wishes that she had blue eyes. Pecola believes that if her eyes were blue, then her problems would go away, and her life would be perfect. Them maybe if she had blue eyes, her classmates and teachers would not despise her and think she was so ugly. She also hated herself that she stared at herself in the mirror, wondering and trying to figure out where did her ugliness come from. For one year pecola prayed that her eyes would turn blue. Pecola has many problems in her life, starting with family issues, and she believed that if she had blue eyes, all her problems might go away. And even more than that, if she had blue eyes, people would see her as beautiful, and then she would be able to see…
“How effectively does Toni Morrison convey the concept that childhood is not always ideal?”
Blonde hair, blue eyes, and white skin was the envy of most young African American girls in the 1940's. In this modernist and coming of age tragic novel is called The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, Pecola Breedlove, an eleven-year-old black girl is a victim of racial self-loathing and also rape by her father which results in pregnancy. Described as submissive, ugly, and ignorant, she is labelled the outcast…
I consider that Toni Morrison believes that the act of telling is not very important in the opening of the book, Beloved. This is what I believe because she starts out with the characters not wanting to talk about their past, or even thinking about it. As we read more in to the book, I suppose that Toni Morrison thinks the act of telling is more important. Some of the main characters start to realize that sharing their past is a sense of release, or more of a reassurance to get everything…
mattered as long as her mother did not look away” (Morrison 7).
“I spent all of my life outside loving Ma’am so she wouldn't kill me, loving her even when she braided my hair at night” (Morrison 110).
“He didn’t come here for me; he wanted my mother. At first. Then he wanted my sister, too, but she got him out of her so I’m so glad he’s gone” (Morrison 110).
“She is the one. She is the one I need. You can go but she is the one I have to have. (Morrison 79)
“Denver was shaking now and…
The passage comes from the spring section of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Pauline Breedlove a married black woman struggling to become self-aware and the misconception she makes at the movies about physical beauty and love. Before this passage Pauline immediately tells considerate Cholly Breedlove, her husband, that she is pregnant. The movies make Pauline feel the dreams of love and romance that she felt in Alabama are revived and built on the Ohio movies.
The tone and mood of…
When reading Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved, it is easy to see how readers would question the actions of her characters. Some characters display behavior that would seem barbaric and cruel to the average individual. However, when delving deeper, it is easier to see how the severities of the characters’ actions are built on the psychological repression of their pasts. These pasts are filled with the traumas of slavery, and each character has suffered in his, or her, own way. However, the collective…
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…
Eyes Full of Color
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison is a novel that contrasts an ideal white family, with black families from the mid-1940s, Lorain Ohio. Pecola Breedlove is a young black girl from a very troubled family who is on a mission to find love; in her search she inevitably stumbles on her society’s dangerous concept of physical beauty. Morrison uses the seven literary elements to convey horrible truths about love and the harm of accepting racism.
The central idea is…
In Toni Morrison’s novel, ‘The Bluest Eye’, childhood is one of the main factors
that shapes the overall meaning of the work. Children, at times, are graced by
innocence and wonder but they do not always understand the way the world works and
the negative affects society has on them as a whole. Morrison uses the perspectives of
children to show the contrast of adolescent views and adult views of the world and as
one grows older the negative views they gain as children, shape their overall negative…
05 November 2014
The Bluest Eye
Have you ever been discriminated against because of the color of your skin? In Toni
Morrison's “The Bluest Eye” the author focuses on racism. The book follows Pecola, a young
black girl living in Lorain Ohio in the mid 20th century. Pecola is severely abused by others for
her lack of physical beauty and thusly leads to her having no self esteem or confidence. The
book takes us with her as she tries to reach her ultimate dream of having blue eyes so she
can be beautiful…