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The Bluest Eye Analysis

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In Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” the young African American protagonist, Pecola Breedlove, has an arduous time trying to find her beauty in a society where she only feels as if you are beautiful with blue eyes. Despite her complex fascinations with the unrealistic goal of having blue eyes, along with the social pressures she is faced with throughout her life, leads her to a shattered future filled with confusion and a lack of stability. In the novel, one might ask “why could this happen to one of societies youth?” Then again, how did this happen to an innocent child? During Pecola’s first moments in the book, the reader gets an impression of what she wants to accomplish. Pecola is currently living with MacTeer family, a family made up of two naive young girls by the names of Claudia and Frieda and their parent. This is all due to the misfortunate events caused by Pecola’s father, Cholly Breedlove. An outburst of pure anger Cholly almost burned down the Breedlove’s family home. When Pecola arrives to the Macteer’s household, Mrs. Macteer offers Pecola a glass of milk to drink. When she receives the cup of milk it is in a Shirley Temple mug. Looking at the Shirley Temple glass, Pecola developed a strong personification of the perfect girl because of her beautiful appearance. She has two things that Pecola desires for, luscious pale white skin and the dark deep blue eyes. An attempt to consume little Miss Temple’s beauty, Pecola guzzles all the white milk in the Macteer house. Mrs. Claudia is very confused on why the whites were viewed as superior to African Americans in this society. She feels that they have disrespected and unappreciated just because of their skin color. Claudia is so ruthless about the whi... ... middle of paper ... ...own mentally and making her feel worthless. Pecola’s perception of her aesthetic lead her through a life long crucible with lead her to losing her peace of mind. To help her ease her trouble she seeks a spiritualist who is a revered for his work psychology. She asked Mr. Soaphead Church, to give her the bluest eyes in the world. In this time this is unpractical, so he hides her from reality. This leaves Pecola even more psychotic and delusional than before. She has a quixotic belief that she has blue eyes. When it all end, Pecola Breedlove, never finds love nor happiness in her life except for in the paradise that is living in her mind. To conclude Pecola’s image of her beauty is thrown in disarray, which causes her to feel lost, confused and weak. Pecola’s Community, and family all play a part in her infatuation with having the bluest eyes. Ultimately she

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how toni morrison's "the bluest eye" leads pecola to a shattered future filled with confusion and lack of stability.
  • Analyzes how polly breedlove, pecola's mother, brought up the idea of being white in her head. she works for a white family, cooks, cleans and watches after the child.
  • Explains that pecola's father, cholly breedlove, had an awful past upbringing. he was a throwaway child whose mother abandoned him upon birth.
  • Analyzes how pecola's perception of her aesthetic lead her to losing her peace of mind. she seeks a spiritualist who is revered for his work psychology.
  • Concludes that pecola's image of her beauty is thrown in disarray, which causes her to feel lost, confused and weak. her community, and family all play a part in her infatuation with having the bluest eyes.
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