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Analyze the relationship between Geraldine, Junior, Pecola, and the cat in the "Winter"...

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Posted February 25, 2012 at 4:15 AM via web

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Analyze the relationship between Geraldine, Junior, Pecola, and the cat in the "Winter" section of The Bluest Eye?

i would like to extend my interpretation in the chapter. It is about the point that Morrison wanted to express in it.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM (Answer #1)

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In the "Winter" section featuring Geraldine, Junior, and Pecola, Morrison explores the complex ironies associated with intra-racial discrimination.  Geraldine has taken on an attitude of superiority and looks down on others who do not fit the mold that she considers worthy--for example, she does not like others who are dark-skinned and she detests those who are poor.  But it is not only Geraldine who harbors these feelings, and Geraldine is a product of a community of black people who look down on others of the same race.  When Pecola comes to her home, she is disgusted by the girl because Pecola embodies all the characteristics that she detests.  Junior is a spiteful boy whose character symbolizes Geraldine's inner hatred and the negative power of intra-racial discrimination.  The scene is quite ugly, and the ugliness of the scene is meant to illustrate the ugly nature of intra-racial discrimination.

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