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        Color Is Used As One Of The Most Important Symbols

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Color is used as one of the most important symbols throughout Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye. One particular section in which color is often referred to is the section that describes the earlier life of Pauline, the mother of Pecola. Pauline's life can be split into three stages: one in which there is true color within her, one of solely black and white (ugliness and beauty), and one of only superficial color. As the stages of Pauline's life change, the description of the colors changes with them. In Pauline's section, color can be looked at as a symbol of true beauty, and happiness. In the beginning of Pauline's section, the reader finds her at home in Kentucky. At this early point of her life, Pauline is very conscious of the colors of the world surrounding her "Whatever portable plurality she found, she organized into neat lines, according to their size, shape. Or gradations of color…she would never put the jars of tomatoes next to the green beans" (111). It is in this natural, colorful stage of her life that Pauline meets Cholly, with whom she falls in love, bringing all of the colors from her childhood into her. "All of them colors were in me. Just sitting there. SO when Cholly come up and tickled my foot, it was like them berries, that lemonade, them streaks of green the June bugs make, all come together" (115). At this point of Pauline's life, she is the most happy, and consumed by color. The next section of Pauline's life begins when she and Cholly move up to Ohio. Black and white takes over this section of Pauline's life. The last point at which a naturally colored figure is described, is on page 116 when Pauline and Cholly had first made the move up to Ohio, and Pauline was still hopeful, acknowledging the "calm blue lake." Also, at this point in the novel, Pauline begins referring to people as black, or white, whereas at earlier points she referred to black people as colored. When Pauline first discovered that the black people of the north were different, she said, "Northern colored folk was...

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