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Should The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison Be Considered A Great American Novel?

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I believe that The Bluest Eye is a very good piece of literature, but it should not be considered a “Great American Novel”. I do believe that the novel is eye-opening to the horrors of being an African-American child during the 1940’s, but that these awful situations are not enough to make it a “Great American Novel”. This novel is supposed to become reality for the reader, which is successfully done, except when there are coincidences that occur seemingly to drive whatever plots, if any, that the novel contains. In Huckleberry Fin by Mark Twain, the writing becomes the reader’s reality, and there are minimum coincidences that do not take away from the writing’s greatness. The coincidences ...view middle of the document...

‘Here is your kitten!’ he screeched. And he threw a big black cat right in her face” (Morrison 89). The manner in which this chapter is written is so that a fictional scene is depicted so vividly that the scene becomes a reality for readers, similar the “Great American Novels” Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby. Unfortunately, The Bluest Eye loses credibility when Geraldine returns home right after Junior murders his mother’s cat when the cat is thrown into a radiator after a struggle with Pecola on account of Junior’s torturing of the cat. Junior is able to conveniently blame Pecola for murdering the cat by saying, “She killed our cat … Look” (91). Geraldine’s return home right after Pecola’s torture seems to be a coincidence in the novel for the simple purpose of furthering Pecola’s role in the novel as a helpless victim. Not to mention that the cat, coincidentally, has blue eyes, a common theme in the novel.
Later in the novel in the Spring section, a pie-covered Pecola is yet again the victim of a coincidence when her mother beats her senselessly assuming she was the one who knocked the pie over. Like the scene with Geraldine, this scene is dominated by captivating writing, but is ruined with a coincidence. Leading up to Pecola’s beating, Claudia and Freida go on an adventure to find Pecola and ultimately liquor because Freida has been molested by Mr. Henry, and the girls have come to the conclusion that alcohol is the solution to this problem by using childish logic. Claudia and Freida first find Miss Marie instead of Pecola, coincidentally during their search for liquor so that Freida does not get fat after being ‘ruined’, and discover that Pecola is by the lake with her mother after being disrespectful to Miss Marie. Upon finding Pecola, Mrs. Breedlove leaves the girls unattended in the kitchen while she gets laundry from the basement, and while she is gone a...

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