Henry, and Pecola Breedlove, a temporary foster child whose house is burned down by her unstable, alcoholic, and sexually abusive father. Pecola is a quiet, passive young girl who grows up with little money and whose parents are constantly fighting, both verbally and physically. Pecola is continually reminded of what an "ugly" girl she is by members of her neighborhood and school community. In an attempt to beautify herself, Pecola wishes for blue eyes — a standard that was perpetuated through the gifting of white, blue-eyed dolls throughout her childhood.
Henry, and Pecola Breedlove, a temporary foster child whose house is burned down by her unstable, alcoholic, and sexually abusive father. Pecola is a quiet, passive young girl who grows up with little money and whose parents are constantly fighting, both verbally and physically.
Pecola is continually reminded of what an "ugly" girl she is by members of her neighborhood and school community. In an attempt to beautify herself, Pecola wishes for blue eyes — a standard that was perpetuated through the gifting of white, blue-eyed dolls throughout her childhood. The chapter titles contain sudden repetition of words or phrases, many cut-off words, and no interword separations.
Pauline now works as a servant for a wealthier white family. His motives are largely confusing, seemingly a combination of both love and hate.
After raping her a second time, he flees, leaving her pregnant. In this internal conversation, Pecola speaks as though her wish for blue eyes has been granted, and believes that the changed behavior of those around her is due to her new eyes, rather than the news of her rape or her increasingly strange behavior.
Claudia laments on her belief that the whole community, herself included, have used Pecola as a scapegoat to make themselves feel prettier and happier. One of the main characters of the novel, Pecola is a young black girl who comes from a financially unstable family.
Between a combination of facing domestic violence, bullying, sexual assault, and living in a community that associates beauty with whiteness, she suffers from low self-esteem and views herself to be ugly.
Her insanity at the end of the novel is her only way to escape the world where she cannot be beautiful and to get the blue eyes she desires from the beginning of the novel.
Narrates majority of the novel and is also a young black girl. She is an independent, mature and passionate 9-year-old girl in a world were there are many social issues.
However, even though she is unaware of all of these major social issues, she is one of few, if any, characters that feel sympathy for Pecola. Claudia is the polar opposite of Pecola. In the first chapter she destroys her white dolls out of internalized hatred of white people.
Contrastingly, Pecola consistently acts on her desire to achieve white beauty standards.
Claudia is raised in a stable home, always assured of her self-worth and surrounded by a strong network of family. Frieda is more enlightened to the world in comparison to her younger sister and Pecola.
Frieda is courageous and unwavering. She is seen to defend both Claudia and Pecola within the novel. Frieda can be classified as determined, independent and stubborn at times.
Traumatic events like these influence Cholly to become a violent husband and father who beats his wife and eventually rapes his daughter. These gesture of madness are said to be mingled with affection, as they are his way of showing love. Breedlove is married to Cholly and lives the self-righteous life of a martyrenduring her drunk husband and raising her two awkward children as best as she can.
Breedlove is a bit of an outcast herself with her shriveled foot and Southern background. Breedlove lives the life of a lonely and isolated character who escapes into a world of dreams, hopes and fantasy that turns into the movies she enjoys viewing. After a traumatic event with a foul tooth, however, she relinquishes those dreams and escapes into her life as a housekeeper for a rich white family who give her the beloved nickname "Polly.
Sammy, as he is more often referred to in the novel, is Cholly and Mrs. Like his sister Pecola, he is affected by the disharmony in their home and deals with his anger by running away. After Aunt Jimmy dies, Cholly runs off in search of Samson in Macon, Georgia where he is left distraught and disappointed with his discovery.The Bluest Eye is the first novel written by Toni Morrison in Morrison, a single mother of two sons, wrote the novel while she taught at Howard University.
The novel is set in and centers on the life of an African-American girl named Pecola who grows up during the years following the Great Depression in Lorain, Ohio. Due to her. “Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe.
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