He also mentioned that the book was in the syllabus that was handed out at the beginning of the year. 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.
The Power of Stories The Bluest Eye is not one story, but multiple, sometimes contradictory, interlocking stories. The prevalence of sexual violence in the novel suggests that racism is not the only thing that distorts black girlhoods.
Retrieved November 24, She brought The Bluest Eye and four other books to the attention of the Montgomery County school board, describing The Bluest Eye and others as "lewd, adult books.
Characters tell stories to make sense of their lives, and these stories have tremendous power for both good and evil. It was the second most challenged book of and the fourth most challenged book of Yet, her hatred for the doll, which translates into a hatred for actually living white girls, gives way to a shame: Her conception of ugliness is closely linked with her longing for beautiful eyes.
She makes fun of Claudia and Frieda and tries to get them into trouble, and they sometimes beat her up. 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.
Her conviction is that is she had beautiful eyes, she would be beautiful and experience beautiful, happy things rather than scarring, depressing things that are her reality. Topic 1 Compare and contrast Claudia and Pecola in terms of their ability to fight injustice.
Bouson suggests that all of the African American characters in The Bluest Eye exhibit shame, and eventually much of this shame is passed onto Pecola, who is at the bottom of the racial and social ladder.
An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy. She finds meaning not in her own family but in romantic movies and in her work caring for a well-to-do white family. The epitome of this, Page argues, is seen in Pecola at the end of the novel.
Frieda knows about and anticipates menstruating, and she is initiated into sexual experience when she is fondled by Henry Washington.
The rich, white couple who employ Pauline as their servant and as the caretaker of their young daughter.
How does this ability affect them later in the novel? 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. Internalized racism[ edit ] Morrison begins the novel with the line "quiet as its kept" implying that a secret of some sort persists.
Upon creating significance within this particular element of human character, our judgement is compromised and we act on internal bias. Brooks Bouson, English professor at Loyola University Chicagoclaims that The Bluest Eye is a "shame drama and trauma narrative," that uses Pecola and its other characters to examine how people respond to shame.
She is teased by a circle of boys. Eventually, she must live her life in this world of fantasy because she can no longer passively defend herself from cruelty.
Her lack of attention to anything but the cat causes unintended hatred for the cat from her son, whom she neglects often.
If she had beautiful blue eyes, Pecola imagines, people would not want to do ugly things in front of her or to her.The Bluest Eye Claudia And Pecola Contrast Portrait of a Victim: Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye Bryan D. Bourn The Bluest Eye () is the novel that launched Toni Morrison into the spotlight as a talented African-American writer and social critic.
An introduction to The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Learn about the book and the historical context in which it was written. Compare and Contrast; What Do I Read Next?
Further Study. another young black girl who lives in very different circumstances from Claudia and her sister Frieda. Pecola's mother, Pauline, is cruel to her family. Transcript of The initiation of Claudia and Pecola in The Bluest Eye.
The Initiation of Claudia and Pecola in The Bluest Eye Background When we first meet Claudia, she is portrayed as being generally naive to the world around her. Of particular note is her misinterpretation of her mother's frustration (Page 11).
Pecola, in contrast to. The Bluest Eye Critical Essays Compare and contrast Claudia and Pecola in terms of their ability to fight injustice. How does this ability affect them later in the novel? In The Bluest Eye. To a large degree, The Bluest Eye is about both the pleasures and the perils of sexual initiation.
Early in the novel, Pecola has her first menstrual period, and toward the novel’s end she has her first sexual experience, which is violent. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
Home / Literature / The Bluest Eye / Characters / Unlike Pecola and Frieda, Claudia tries to actively resist popular beauty icons like Shirley Temple. Instead, she identifies with Jewish women and other, less popular childhood stars like Jane Withers.
When she receives a white baby doll for Christmas, she.Download