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When Adults Fail, Children Change

The Bluest Eye is a novel written by Toni Morrison that reveals many lessons and conflicts between young and adult characters of color. The setting takes place during the 1940s in Lorain, Ohio. The dominant speaker of this book is a nine year old girl named Claudia MacTeer who gets to know many of her neighbors. As a result of this, Claudia learns numerous lessons from her experience with the citizens of Lorain. Besides Claudia, The Bluest Eye is also told through many characters for readers to understand the connection between each of the adults and children. Many parents in the novel like Geraldine and Pauline Breedlove clearly show readers how adults change their own children. Furthermore, other adult characters like Cholly Breedlove simply show the continuation of how one is affected from the beginning of childhood through adulthood. The characters who have shared experiences and moments of hardship in their lives support the lessons Toni Morrison reveals to readers in The Bluest Eye. The failure of adults is an important theme Toni Morrison shows all readers in The Bluest Eye because the failures of adults affect children. One example that shows how the failures of adults affect children in this novel is through Geraldine. Geraldine fails to love her son and parent well. Geraldine is a middle class woman who is married and has a son named Junior. She sees herself as a “colored person” rather than a “nigger” because she hates the blackness in her and fears the differences of these two interpretations. Because of this Geraldine has so much self-hatred that she expresses it towards her family. In this quote, Morrison reveals to readers that Geraldine has greater love for her cat than Junior.
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...ior needs. Pecola and Sammy have been burdened upon with fear because their mother Pauline Breedlove fails to tend to them and their father has failed to love them because no one taught him to. Each child in The Bluest Eye has been affected by the choices and actions that lead to failures of the adults are around them and that are part of their family. Toni Morrison shows readers at the end of the novel that being aware of the failures in adults can change the thoughts and actions of adults in society. This theme shows readers how adults affect children and even throughout adulthood. Toni Morrison asks the readers at the end of The Bluest Eye to simply remember that the failure of adults affect children. Being aware of this theme is important because it allows adults to see what the failures are and change it for the better within themselves, children, and society.
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