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The seasons of the year operate symbolically in the novel. The four structural sections each correspond to a season of the year. Autumn beings the book: for Claudia, Pecola, and Frieda (like most...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2009 12:19 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In Autumn, Chapter 1, Claudia and her sister, Frieda, meet their family's newest boarder, Henry Washington. Accordingly, Henry used to board with Della Jones on Thirteenth Street. However, Della's...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2016 5:18 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 is a novel from 1970 written by Toni Morrision. It was Morrison’s first novel. The story takes place in 1940s Ohio and focuses on Pecola, an African American girl with a very...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 5:14 pm UTC

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In The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, the story is told through the eyes of Claudia MacTeer. Claudia and her sister, Frieda, live with their parents. The two MacTeer girls befriend Pecola Breedlove....

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 4:05 am 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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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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In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, two characters have a link to religion: Soaphead Church and Mrs. Breedlove. Soaphead Church, who was born Elihue Micah Whitcomb, had an early interest in becoming...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 11:48 am UTC

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The answer can be found in Chapter Five of this novel. In this chapter, we are introduced to Geraldine, who is a woman who devotes herself to a cold existence, making sure that she performs her...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2012 1:43 pm 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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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 passage from the child's primer also symbolizes that which is slowly destroying Pecola's sanity, primarily the fact that her life is not happy and as "perfect" as that of a child with blue...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2011 1:34 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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Hyperbole is overstatement, and there are three examples here; the first is "everything was so interesting." The word "everything" is overstating Cholly's interest in what he is experiencing. A...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018 10:06 pm UTC

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The passage that most stands out for me in this chapter is this one, in which the author describes her father's face as "a study" and then proceeds to describe that study in a piece of writing...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2018 7:30 am 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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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's self-hatred, which results in madness, starts off as a consequence of absorbing the messages that the world sends her: "you are black and therefore unlovable." Meanwhile, lighter-skinned...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 3:07 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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Toni Morrison’s 1970 novel The Bluest Eye is an early and insightful examination of the role of superficial prejudices in shaping cultures and character. Late in the story, Soaphead Church, a...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2014 1:36 am UTC

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This is truly a hard question to give the one "right" answer to your questions because it is so interpretive. "Why did Tony Morrison create one character to react in one way in contrast to...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2010 11:28 pm UTC

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Deprived of love from an early age and growing up in an abusive home environment, Pecola retreats into a fantasy world in which she is universally admired for her blue-eyed beauty. To some extent,...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018 7:21 am UTC

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The central character in Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye is Pecola Breedlove, a young girl who prays for blue eyes, as she sees blue eyes as a symbol of beauty. Pecola has grown up in the home...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 7:18 pm UTC

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The overarching concept of the American Dream might be a tie between the two novels. In The Great Gatsby, the green light is used as a symbol for Gatsby’s attaining what he has most desired, the...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2010 11:51 am 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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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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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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