Pecola is a victim in the truest sense of the word. She gets no support from her family to deal with racial prejudice. Her family gets evicted from their apartment, and she's raped by her father. As if that isn't enough, she lives in a white world where she has no black role models. All she sees around her are white women who are idealized for their type of beauty. She's desperate to have blue eyes and to be beautiful by white society's definition of beauty because she is so desperate to be loved.