What are your thoughts about the "see the cat" section in The Bluest Eye?    

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The section of The Bluest Eye that is prefaced by the "see the cat" portion of the opening primer is Chapter 5 in "Winter." In this chapter, Pecola goes to Junior's home and is met by him and his mother Geraldine.  Geraldine is disgusted by Pecola because she is the steretypical epitome of "blackness" that Geraldine wishes to escape.  Geraldine's disgust is a narrative symbol of intra-racial discrimination and tension that Morrison explores throughout the novel.  On the surface of the story, it is sad that Geraldine treats Pecola in such a harsh manner--Pecola is only a child and certainly she should not be hated because her family is poor and she is dark in complexion.  On a figurative level, the scene is necessary to illustrate the complex irony that revolves around intra-racial discrimination.


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