Explain the theme of "The Bluest Eye."

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There are probably multiple themes of Morrison's "The Bluest Eye."  One that is most prevalent concerns the role appearance plays in society,  Pecola Breedlove is described as ugly not because she necessarily is, but because all the Breedloves see themselves as ugly; this is the role they see themselves playing in society.  Arguably, this could be because they are darker skinned African Americans, and there are many sectionso f the novel where Morrison pays attention to the segregation within the African American community of darker skinned and light skinned blacks, the latter believing they are "better" presumably because they more closely represent the white majority.

This is not the only theme in the novel by any means, but it is the one I always come back to with each reading of the piece.

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