Personal Appearance In The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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My report is on a wonderful story called 'The Bluest Eye' written by Toni Morrison and published by the Penguin Group. This book was originally published in 1970.
'The Bluest Eye' was Toni Morrison's first novel that takes place in the 1940's and is set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio. This story is about a young girl named Pecola Breedlove who is about 11 years old and would give anything to have the bluest eyes. "Pecola is a delicate, sensitive and abused child when the story begins, and by the time the story ends, she has been just about completely destroyed by violence, and pain."
At the beginning of the story, Pecola desires two things that form her emotional life. First, she wants to learn how to get people to love her. Then when forced to witness her parents? terrible fights, she just wants to disappear. ?Neither wish is granted, and Pecola is forced further and further into her fantasy world, which is her only option of escaping the pain of her reality?.
Have you ever seen those porcelain dolls back in the day, which are just so pretty? Pecola found a beautiful porcelain doll that had blonde hair and blue eyes. The doll was so pretty. She was white because they have not yet came out with African American dolls until about the late 1980?s. Everyone that had blue eyes was known as the ?Beautiful One?s?. Pecola would give anything to be as beautiful as the porcelain doll that she found or the other girls at school.
Pecola believes that being granted the blue eyes that she wishes for would change both how others see her, and they would love her. She is forced to see beauty instead of ugliness. ?At the story?s end, she believes that her wish has been granted, but only at the cost of her sanity.?
Pecola?s problems are problems worse than death because she is not allowed any release from her world. She has no means, or ways to escape from her world she simply moves to ?the edge of town, where you can see her even now.? This quote means that Pecola is an outcast, she is poor, black and Pecola is not sane.

Pecola Breedlove is a poor African American who is not pretty, according to kids at school. Pecola gets teased and harassed a lot because she is not as pretty as the other girls and Pecola comes from a very poor family. Therefore Pecola has to help out a lot at home and has not an easy life at all. Saying someone likes Pecola is an insult to other kids. This shows just how mean...

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