Study Of The Novel The Bluest Eye

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Study of the novel the bluest eyeIn the tragic novel, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, Pecola Breedlove, an eleven-year-old black girl is a victim of racial self-loathing and rape by her father which results in pregnancy. Pecola grows up in an abusive and unloving family. She longs to disappear from the face of the Earth to rid her of her problems. Writers often highlight the values of a culture or a society by using characters who are alienated from that culture. In the tragic story, The Bluest Eye, the writer shows existing social problems throughout the story. Through the life of Pecola Breedlove, the protagonist, the writer provides a clear example of how widespread racism, sexism, and ...view middle of the document...

The Jim Crow law made it legal to segregate the races in public facilities (Beth). In a white person's point of view of that time, black people were nothing, not even human. Even a young boy in the society was taught to be racist. This young boy is seen to be bullying Pecola for being black in public places such as the playground."It was their contempt for their own blackness that gave the first insult its teeth. They seemed to have taken all of their smoothly cultivated ignorance, their exquisitely learned self-hatred, their elaborately designed hopelessness and sucked it all up into a fiery cone of scorn that had burned for ages in the hollows of their minds - cooled - and spilled over lips of outrage, consuming whatever was in its path (101)"During the nineteen century, people in America generally had the wrong concept and a wrong standard for beauty, as they thought that only people with white skin are beautiful, which is racism. This racial stereotype can be seen through Pecola because she does not find herself beautiful, as she was taught to believe that only white is pretty. Pecola will not learn to notice her own beauty, because no one else will support her into believing it. At one point Pecola passes a patch of dandelions as she walks into Mr. Yacobowski's store. She got confused when she remembered that people say "Why, she wonders, do people call them weeds? She thought theywere pretty" (47). Yet after suffering the embarrassment of Mr. Yacobowski's disapproving stare, the faint glimmer of happiness Pecola sees in dandelion is destroyed. When she passes the dandelion again she says, "They are ugly. They are weeds" (50).She has unloaded society's dislike of her to the dandelions. Beauty is a very important thing to everyone although "It had occurred to Pecola some time ago that if her eyes, those eyes that held the pictures, and knew the sights-if those eyes of hers were different, that is to say, beautiful, she herself would be different" (46). The narrator states if what Pecola believed changed, her life would be different. If her eyes were beautiful, then her desire for blue eyes is completely unnecessary, as she wants to reach what people believed to be beautiful. It is also noted that she would be treated evenly within the white society, if she thinks she had blue eyes.Sexist views exist within the life of Pecola Breedlove; many of which are not the fondest of memories. All women that are born with Pecola's ethnicity are abused both by the white male and female characters. In this period of time, women were not equals of man. Sexism is still as prominent in the mid 1900's as the early 1900's. Even the most innocent of kids had created dark memories in Pecola's life. In The Blues Eyes, a group of boys was seen harassing Pecola because she was a black female. Morrison illustrates in an interview that Pecola's life is an imitation of the real experiences of a black female....

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