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Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Whiteness as the Standard of Beauty The Bluest Eye provides an extended depiction of the ways in which internalized white beauty standards deform the lives of black girls and women.
Adult women, having learned to hate the blackness of their own bodies, take this hatred out on their children—Mrs. But it is hinted that once Claudia reaches adolescence, she too will learn to hate herself, as if racial self-loathing were a necessary part of maturation.
The person who suffers most from white beauty standards is, of course, Pecola. She connects beauty with being loved and believes that if she possesses blue eyes, the cruelty in her life will be replaced by affection and respect. This hopeless desire leads ultimately to madness, suggesting that the fulfillment of the wish for white beauty may be even more tragic than the wish impulse itself.
If she had beautiful blue eyes, Pecola imagines, people would not want to do ugly things in front of her or to her. In a more basic sense, Pecola and her family are mistreated in part because they happen to have black skin.
By wishing for blue eyes rather than lighter skin, Pecola indicates that she wishes to see things differently as much as she wishes to be seen differently. She can only receive this wish, in effect, by blinding herself.
Pecola is then able to see herself as beautiful, but only at the cost of her ability to see accurately both herself and the world around her. The connection between how one is seen and what one sees has a uniquely tragic outcome for her.
The Power of Stories The Bluest Eye is not one story, but multiple, sometimes contradictory, interlocking stories.
Characters tell stories to make sense of their lives, and these stories have tremendous power for both good and evil. Finally, Claudia resists the premise of white superiority, writing her own story about the beauty of blackness.
Stories by other characters are often destructive to themselves and others. The story Pauline Breedlove tells herself about her own ugliness reinforces her self-hatred, and the story she tells herself about her own martyrdom reinforces her cruelty toward her family.
Stories are as likely to distort the truth as they are to reveal it. While Morrison apparently believes that stories can be redeeming, she is no blind optimist and refuses to let us rest comfortably in any one version of what happens.
Sexual Initiation and Abuse To a large degree, The Bluest Eye is about both the pleasures and the perils of sexual initiation. Frieda knows about and anticipates menstruating, and she is initiated into sexual experience when she is fondled by Henry Washington.
The fact that all of these experiences are humiliating and hurtful indicates that sexual coming-of-age is fraught with peril, especially in an abusive environment. But Frieda is not given information that lets her understand what has happened to her.
The prevalence of sexual violence in the novel suggests that racism is not the only thing that distorts black girlhoods.The Shaping of Character of Pecola Through Her Family and Her Society The Bluest eyes is the work of Toni Morrison.
In this novel we can see that there are many . The timeline below shows where the character Pecola Breedlove appears in The Bluest Eye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are . Pecola Breedlove - The protagonist of the novel, an eleven-year-old black girl who believes that she is ugly and that having blue eyes would make her beautiful.
Sensitive and delicate, she passively suffers the abuse of her mother, father, and classmates. Today, most black girls survive the onslaught of white media messages, but even today, some fail. Pecola, a little black girl in the s, does not survive.
She is the "broken-winged bird that cannot fly." Tormented and even tortured by almost everyone with whom she comes into contact, Pecola never fights back. BibMe Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard. Pecola is the eleven-year-old black girl around whom the story revolves.
She is abused by almost everyone in the novel and eventually suffers two traumatic rapes. Pecola's experiences, however, are not typical of all black girls who also have to grow up in a hostile society.