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In the book The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, who is Geraldine? Why did Geraldine call...

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Posted February 16, 2010 at 3:23 AM via web

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In the book The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, who is Geraldine? Why did Geraldine call Pecola an ugly name?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted February 16, 2010 at 4:33 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book by Toni Morrison "The Bluest Eye" Pecola gets picked on by almost everyone because of her dark skin.  She is told that she is ugly by her father and yet he still rapes her. 

Geraldine is Juniors' mother.  Junior tricks Pecola into going to his home saying he has kittens to show her. He throws his mother's black cat onto her and makes her scream.  When he finds out that she is not scared after he closes the door, he tries to get the cat away.  They struggle and the cat is flung behind a radiator and it does not move.  Geraldine hears the commotion and enters the room.

Junior tells her that Pecola killed the cat.  Geraldine finds the girl's appearance disgusting. To Geraldine, Pecola is a collective unit of the poverty and degradation of the black female who grows up so poor with 6 children to a bed.  Geraldine is very clean and orderly.

She calmly tells Pecola. "Get out, her voice quiet," you nasty little black bitch.  Get out of my house."(92)

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