Characters tell stories to make sense of their lives, and these stories have tremendous power for both good and evil. But it is hinted that once Claudia reaches adolescence, she too will learn to hate herself, as if racial self- loathing were a necessary part of maturation. She is a diligent housekeeper for a wealthy white family and the primary breadwinner for the Breedlove family. So we avoided Pecola Breedlove - forever. The triple whammy of literary terms. Similarly, Pauline prefers cleaning and organizing the home of her white employers to expressing physical affection toward her family. Marie, China, and Poland Three prostitutes who live in the apartment above the Breedloves; they fascinate Frieda and Claudia, and they befriend Pecola.
MacTeer- She is Claudia and Frieda's mother. She is also the first girl who Cholly has sex with. And in equating physical beauty with virtue, society binds the mind and collects self-contempt in bounding heaps. Pectoral is then able to see herself as beautiful, but only at the cost of her ability to see accurately both herself and the world around her. Pecola Breedlove For the most part, Pecola is a passive, plain young black girl about eleven years old, who is befriended by Claudia and Frieda MacTeer after county officials place her temporarily in their home. Blue eyes, blonde hair, and pale white skin was the definition of beauty.
Likewise, she thinks that blue eyes would give her the ability to perceive what she sees in a different way. Wake up, Meg Ryan: Tom Hanks is that very same dude you've been chatting it up with online, and he doesn't look like a. You'll find allusions or , as we like to call them when the book you're reading makes a reference to something outside of itself, whether another work of , something from pop culture, a , , , or even the visual arts. Because they connect literature to other pieces of literature or art or music or history or whatever. The Overlooked apartment is miserable and decrepit, suffering from Mrs. Oftentimes in the South, an aunt is referred to by her husband's name — for example, Aunt Ed or Aunt Earl; it's possible that Cholly's great aunt was once married to a man named Jimmy. Satisfying Appetites versus Suppressing Them A number of characters in The Bluest Eye define their lives through a denial of their bodily needs.
Louis Junior Geraldine's only child is unloved and deeply troubled; he bullies and torments Pecola. She believes that having blue eyes would change the way other people see her, giving her something white America values as beautiful. Morrison is able to elicit the powerful story of a girl struggling to succeed against the stereotypes and racism she is up against. Most of the major male characters of this novel have a sexual desire for young girls, including Cholly Breedlove, Mr. So when you see an apple in a book, and immediately think of sin, don't forget that it's also just an apple.
Aunt Julia Della's aunt, known for her eccentricity. Cholly Breedlove When he was four days old, Cholly's mother wrapped him in newspapers and blankets and threw him on a junk heap; his father had already deserted the family. Cholly displays his disgust for women and family by hitting his wife, attempting to burn down their house, and raping his own daughter. The most blatant case is Schools rape Of his own daughter, Pectoral, which is, in a sense, a repetition of the sexual humiliation Coolly experienced under the gaze of two racist whites. By wishing for blue eyes rather than lighter skin, Pecola indicates that she wishes to see things differently as much as she wishes to be seen differently. Miss Marie is also known as the Maginot Line, she is fat and affectionate.
Blue Eyes symbolism is used to represent abstract ideas. Yacobowski- He is a middle-aged immigrant white man, who is the town grocer. The Bluest Eye Activity: Symbolism, Allusion, and Irony Objective: Symbolism, allusion, and irony. Morrison takes the reader through the themes of whiteness and beauty, Throughout all of history there has been an ideal beauty that most have tried to obtain. She is capable of being both very generous and very cruel. It was in a dark, wet place, its head covered with great O's of wool, the black face holding, like nickels, two clean black eyes…no synthetic yellow bangs suspended over marble-blue eyes, no pinched nose and bowline mouth.
This helps to characterize Cholly and his feelings of his freedom not being his own. And this peril or lack thereof is brought upon the child by the parents. When Pecola believes she has acquired blue eyes at the end of the novel, we might understand her as actually having the saddest eyes of anyone in the novel. In contrast, when characters experience happiness, it is generally in viscerally physical terms. Motifs Motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, or literary devices that can help to develop and inform the texts major themes. Darlene Cholly Breedlove's first girlfriend; they suffered a humiliating sexual encounter when they were interrupted by jeering white men.
But what if that beauty was impossible to grasp because something was holding one back. Aunt Jimmy A kind, generous, earthy woman, she rescues and raises Cholly Breedlove. The MacTeer family strongly contrasts the Breedlove family. Eyes and Vision Pectoral is obsessed with having blue eyes because she believes that this mark of conventional, white beauty will change the way that she is seen and therefore the way that she sees the world. Symbols Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts.
Overlooked , but also with sterility. Pecola was a black girl with the dream to be beautiful. The symbol reveals itself as it is Pecola that always drinks the milk and wants to be different, whereas Frieda and Claudia dislike milk and are proud of who they are. Frieda knows about and anticipates menstruating, and she is initiated into sexual experience when she is fondled by Henry Washington. Claudia prefers to have her senses indulged by wonderful scents, sounds, and tastes than to be given a hard white doll. Breedlove are excessively concerned with housecleaning—though Mrs.
Bay Boy, Woodrow Cain, Buddy Wilson, Junie Bug A group of black school boys who torment Pecola until she is rescued by Claudia, Frieda, and Maureen Peal. Are there emoticon examples of these? If she had beautiful blue eyes, Pecola imagines, people would not want to do ugly things in front of her or to her. Out of that resentment springs violence. Even though Pecola strived to have blue eyes, the reader could see her as having the saddest eyes of anyone in the novel. This, ironically, makes him a religious hypocrite.