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The Bluest Eye Teaching Unit
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- State the overall theme for this novel.
- What do the reading primer passages at the beginning of chapters represent in this story? Why are the phrases of the primer repeated and run together?
- The second short section (referred to in this unit as a “prologue”) begins with the sentence, “Quite as it’s kept, there were no marigolds in the fall of 1941.” (Pg. 5) What information about the story does this beginning give to the reader about the setting and tone or mood of the story?
- Marigolds are also mentioned in the last two chapters of the story. What do you think they might symbolize in this novel? Explain how the symbolism of marigolds and other things add to the overall mood or tone of The Bluest Eye.
- Who narrates the chapters in the book describing Cholly’s childhood and Pauline’s childhood? Which chapters does Claudia narrate? Why do you think Morrison switches between the two narrators?
- What does the color green symbolize in the story? Find two passages in the novel to support your answer.
- Both Pecola and Frieda experience sexual abuse. Why does Frieda seem to survive the abuse with her emotions intact; why does Pecola go insane?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.