The Bluest Eye Questions and Answers

The Bluest Eye

In The Bluest Eye, Morrison uses the four seasons as a way of showing how her characters' experiences fall short of the expectations traditionally associated with spring, summer, autumn, and...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2021, 12:42 pm (UTC)

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The title is significant for the obvious reason that the main character, Pecola Breedlove, longs for blue eyes. She believes that if she has blue eyes people will love her and not recoil from her....

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018, 4:17 pm (UTC)

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The Bluest Eye

In The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, the two MacTeer girls, Claudia and Frieda, are friendly with Pecola Breedlove. Pecola has a difficult life that is filled with fear, uncertainty, and...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019, 4:24 pm (UTC)

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Given the earlier answer to a question from the same student regarding Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, it is regrettable, but the best example of a character’s first encounter with romantic love...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2014, 9:32 pm (UTC)

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Maureen Peal is the new girl in school, who is perky, cute, and represents what Claudia envies, but at the same time fears. Maureen is well-liked because she is attractive and light-skinned. That...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020, 4:16 am (UTC)

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Mr. Henry is a boarder who rents a room in the MacTeer family household. He has a reputation for being soft-spoken and hard-working, although he has a secret, promiscuous side and a desire for...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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As the previous educators have mentioned, Cholly's rape of Pecola is directly tied to the trauma that he experienced during his first sexual experience with Darlene. What was supposed to have been...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019, 7:02 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019, 7:02 am (UTC)

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Pecola wishes that she could be "traditionally beautiful" in the story The Bluest Eyes. Having been raised in a very abusive environment and therefore having very low self-worth, she does not feel...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019, 4:14 pm (UTC)

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One literary device in The Bluest Eye is symbolism. In her novel, Toni Morrison uses specific, concrete things to address broader, abstract topics. The white baby dolls that Claudia destroys...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2021, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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To what extent is Cholly to blame for his violence against his family? Which other people or circumstances may also be to blame? What's the novel's position on blame? Cholly is a complex character,...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019, 4:41 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2019, 3:41 pm (UTC)

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The answer to the question – how in the world do Cholly and Polly (Pauline) make their relationship work – may be intended as a trick question. Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye, is a deeply...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2014, 1:11 am (UTC)

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I think that one of the purposes of Soaphead Church's letter is to emphasize how there are some examples of evil and malevolence in the world that cannot be eradicated. We mistook violence for...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2013, 12:23 am (UTC)

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Being failed by the adults around her causes Pecola’s inability to function in the world. It also leads her to regress into a fantasy in which she is a different person, with the features that she...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020, 2:41 am (UTC)

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As the previous educator mentioned, the surname is ironic, not only because of the destructive way in which the Breedloves demonstrate love to each other, but also because that destructive behavior...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2019, 9:00 pm (UTC)

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The context is that Cholly is having sex with Darlene, and during the act two white men appear, one of whom carries a flashlight, and he puts the light on Darlene and Cholly. They are terrified,...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2007, 8:24 pm (UTC)

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On pages 125 and 126 of the paperback edition of Toni Morrison’s 1970 novel about racism and its self-perpetuating effects on young African Americans, The Bluest Eye, Pecola’s mother is describing...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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Responsibility for one's own actions is an incredibly important but nuanced discussion. In regards to Cholly, it is no different. Violence, especially domestic violence, generally operates within a...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019, 11:27 pm (UTC)

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The Bluest Eye

In Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye, the story's narrator, nine-year-old Claudia, is possessed of a rebellious streak that sets her apart from other little girls who inhabit her world,...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2015, 1:00 am (UTC)

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It is important to see Claudia's remark in the context of the novel as a whole. What is key to realise is the way that Claudia, because she is much stronger than Pecola, with who she is compared,...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2013, 5:19 am (UTC)

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The Bluest Eye

In The Bluest Eye, author Toni Morrison examines the theme of love. The story is told through the eyes of Claudia MacTeer, who lives with her sister and their parents. The MacTeers are caring,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019, 4:55 am (UTC)

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The term at the beginning of the second half of the “prologue” is narrated by Claudia. It is important because the term "Quiet as it's kept" grounds the act of storytelling in a world of...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2008, 9:05 am (UTC)

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Pecola's madness is caused by a number of things, but chiefly by her rape. In addition to destroying her psychologically, this savage act of violation has isolated Pecola from those around her,...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019, 5:06 am (UTC)

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One of the key narrative strategies Toni Morrison deploys in The Bluest Eye is the inclusion of the "Dick and Jane" prologue. Dick and Jane was a series of books for children learning to read,...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019, 8:19 pm (UTC)

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The Bluest Eye is set during a time before the black pride movement took shape. As such, it's a time when most African Americans feel unable to express their racial identity in the fullest possible...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019, 9:18 am (UTC)

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Examples of syntax in The Bluest Eye show how author Toni Morrison tries to capture the authentic way her characters actually speak, which often incorporates their use of vernacular and slang. The...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2020, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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Morrison critiques the ubiquitous white standard of beauty and how it negatively impacts those who do not fit into that standard. Like your question suggests, those whose appearance is the opposite...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2018, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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The Bluest Eye

In Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye, the Foreword and Afterword (which are combined in some editions) make a number of points, including the following: Most people know how it feels to be...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012, 4:46 am (UTC)

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In The Bluest Eye, the Breedlove family is Black, poor, and ugly, while other members of their community are just Black and poor. Their ugliness sets the Breedloves apart from the rest and...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2021, 11:43 am (UTC)

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The Bluest Eye

In The Bluest Eye, the candy that Pecola eats is called a Mary Jane and has a wrapper with an illustration of a pretty white girl with blond hair and blue eyes on it. Being surrounded by images of...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018, 7:52 pm (UTC)

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This chapter marks the final section of Morrison's novel, and, like most of the other chapters, it begins with an evocative presentation of summer and what this season means to the speaker, as well...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2018, 5:58 am (UTC)

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Another example of foreshadowing comes when the narrator describes the dog outside Soaphead Church's home. The decrepit nature of the dog suggests that some harm will befall it to put it out of...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 4:44 pm (UTC)

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Claudia MacTeer goes to look for her big sister Frieda. Before long, she finds her lying on the bed crying. Claudia immediately assumes that Frieda's been given a good hard thrashing. As it turns...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2021, 7:17 pm (UTC)

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Claudia and Frieda sometimes beat up Rosemary Villanucci, the little white girl who lives next door. They do this because Rosemary regularly tries to get them into trouble and makes fun of them. On...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2021, 8:14 am (UTC)

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In The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, Cholly Breedlove is Pecola's father. We are first introduced to his character at the very beginning of the novel, when the narrator tells us that Pecola's father...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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The exposition of Morrison's work shows the extent to which race and ethnicity define one's being in the world. Color is a quality that wreaks havoc with one's sense of self- worth and one's...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2014, 10:43 am (UTC)

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There are a few examples of male power throughout Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. First, Pecola's brother, Samuel, is able to run away from their family violence because he is a boy. Pecola, on the...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019, 5:42 pm (UTC)

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The Bluest Eye

The title refers to the desire of the central character, an African American girl named Pecola Breedlove, to have the bluest eyes in the world. Of course blue eyes commonly occur in Caucasians...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2009, 4:49 am (UTC)

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Mary-Jane is a pretty, blue-eyed girl depicted on the wrappers of a brand of candy-bar that Pecola likes. Although the girl is entirely fictitious, she's as real to Pecola as anyone, and comes to...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020, 11:19 am (UTC)

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The narrative focus of the section of the text in which "how" vs. "why" is raised illuminates the condition of victimization. Pecola is the universal victim. She is the recipient of abuse from...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2013, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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The Bluest Eye

Your question asks why Pecola from The Bluest Eye can be viewed as a victim of her family, society, and American racism. After reading the novel you probably realize that the situations in the...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2015, 11:38 pm (UTC)

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The concept of a “house,” a place that shelters and keeps people safe, figures prominently in The Bluest Eye. In fact, the novel begins with the description of a house. It is not the house of any...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2020, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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Morrison first inserts the "Dick and Jane" story at the beginning of the novel, preceding the adult Claudia's reflections of her childhood in the fall of 1941. As the previous educator mentioned,...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2018, 10:13 am (UTC)

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Throughout the book, having blue eyes is portrayed as a profoundly socially desirable trait. The society shown in the book values whiteness above all else, and blue eyes are a symbol of that...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2018, 6:29 pm (UTC)

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One key scene in which matters related to "gender, race, society's assumptions, and moral values" converge to highlight Pecola Breedlove's isolation and alienation is when she is invited to Louis...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2019, 10:16 pm (UTC)

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The Bluest Eye is divided into four seasons in order to portray the passage of time while using nonchronological narration. The book is not linear because it is not focused on plot—here, Morrison...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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For the most part, readers tend to assume that they are the intended audience when reading any text. Under some circumstances, the author's intended audience can be either implied or announced. In...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2013, 12:15 am (UTC)

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Pecola's family never gives her the love and support a child needs. Her mother is abusive and negligent, concerned only with her own lack of self-esteem. Pecola's father rapes her, thinking she is...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2010, 5:47 am (UTC)

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Claudia returns home one spring day to discover her sister Freida crying alone. After some prodding, Freida says through broken sobs that Mr. Henry “picked at [her].” This is Freida’s childlike way...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2018, 3:05 pm (UTC)

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