How is physical beauty represented in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison?

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Physical beauty is presented in the book as an unattainable ideal established by white society. Pecola spends her whole time trying to live up to this ideal in the hope that it will make her more accepted. This is her way of dealing with racial prejudice as well as the feelings of low self-esteem induced by years of physical and sexual abuse.

The fictitious blue eyes she obsessively stares at in the mirror symbolize an ultimately futile quest for an ideal of beauty that's been imposed upon her by society. For Pecola, this chimera initially offers a brief respite from the horrors of daily life. In due course, however, this symbol will come to provide her with a permanent escape from the...

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