Describe the failure of adults in The Bluest Eye.

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Payal Khullar eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We can talk about the “failure of adults” in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye by taking into consideration the adult members of Pecola Breedlove's family. Pecola’s parents had the worst experience of all with the members of the White community. They are sheer victims of the pressures of White standards of beauty and happiness on the Black community. Because of this, they live a frustrated life that is full of disbelief and disillusionment. They fight with each other very brutally. And as we see, they transfer this victimization, insecurity, unhappiness and frustration to their own daughter. This is, in fact, their biggest failure. They fail to be good parents. Pecola's mother Pauline Breedlove fails to give her child a loving and affectionate home. She abuses and scolds her unnecessarily all the time. She doesn’t love her home. She fails to be a good mother. Her father, Cholly Breedlove, rapes and impregnates his own daughter. This is the ultimate suffering a man can inflict in his daughter. Cholly and Pauline have a major role to play in deranging Pecola.