In the book The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, who is Geraldine? Why did Geraldine call Pecola an ugly name?
In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Geraldine represents the middle class black woman who hates her own race because she has internalized white society's racism. She resents being black and has low self-esteem. Although she is not as poor as other black people in her town, she is not happy and seems to prefer her cat to her own son, Junior. When she comes home to find that her son, who is not allowed to play with black children, has brought over a little girl with very dark skin, she is disgusted by her for being black and poor and calls her a "nasty little black bitch". However, Geraldine is actually reacting to her own hatred for herself. She resents the fact that she is black in a white dominated society, and Pecola's presence reminds herself of who she truly is. Since she sees Pecola as below her, it's easy for her to use Pecola as the scapegoat and take her frustrations out on her.
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