The immoral acts of society raped Pecola Breedlove, took her innocence, and left her to go insane. The Random House Dictionary defines “rape” as “an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation.” The Random House definition perfectly describes what happens to Pecola over the course of the novel. From Pecola’s standpoint, society rapes her repeatedly, by their judgmental attitudes towards everything that she is; she is “ugly,” she is poor, she is black. In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Morrison shines a critical light on society, illumining the immoral acts that it participates in, through the story of how a little girl is thrown by the wayside since she does not embody the societal ideal. Instead of one human
She realizes that her problems are not as important because in her hand, she holds nine pieces of Mary Jane candy. The Mary Jane candy seems to be making every disappointment in life become something more attractive, something better. “ A picture of little Mary Jane, for whom the candy is named. Smiling white face. Blond hair in gentle disarray, blue eyes looking at her out of a world of clean comfort…She eats the candy, and its sweetness is good. To eat the candy is somehow to eat the eyes, eat Mary Jane. Love Mary Jane. Be Mary Jane”(Morrison 50). Pecola is more than obsessed with these full- blown artificial images, making it obvious that she is unstable about her appearances, therefore, wanting to replace it with something that she believes is better (Weever 3/5). All over town, there are many little girls just like Pecola, buying into the products of Shirley Temples and Mary Jane.
In the last season "summer", Pecola becomes pregnant. Claudia and Frieda want Pecola's baby to live in order to validate their own blackness and to oppose the universal love for white baby dolls. The anger reaches Pecola to madness because Pauline also does not believe that Pecola is an innocent sinister of Cholly's drunken rape.
Claudia, another character who goes through a similar situation compared to Pecola. She is a young girl who came out from a loving family and is intrusive, yet sensitive.
“The Bluest Eye” is taking place around 1940 in Lorain, Ohio. During the year of 1940, discrimination, especially toward African Americans, was still a serious problem. People believe that whiteness is the standard of beauty. The main character, Pecola, who was a nine-years-old African-American, was influenced by how people view
Flannery O’Conner is known for her Southern Gothic stories and the Violence that occurs in them. This prestigious author uses violence to create an intense rising action, a twisted climax, and also an unforgettable falling action. In the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, O’Conner
Because of racism and her own personal background, Pauline neglects her family and allows Pecola to be victimized. One reason that Pauline turns out the way she does is that she always felt inadequate. Growing up Pauline blamed her foot for her constant source of humiliation. “The easiest thing to do would be to build a case out of her foot.” “That is what she herself did” (Morrison 110). In addition, once she moved to Ohio she had to contend with regional and social class barriers to norms of beauty that she had never imagined. For example, she couldn't keep up with latest fashion and this takes a big toll on her spirit.
Claudia's fantasies of her mother metaphorically symbolize the situation in town after the public becomes aware of Pecola's pregnancy. The tornado symbolizes Pecola's pregnancy, which threatens to reveal the self-hatred and ugliness of the community, Claudia's vision of her mother shows how individuals ignore reality. The removal of Pecola from
Throughout the novel, Pecola’s fascination with white girls is heavily expressed. It is first shown very early on when Pecola admires the Shirley Temple cup. Claudia narrates, “She was a long time with the milk, and gazed fondly at the silhouette of Shirley Temple’s dimpled face” (19). Much later in the book Pecola shows her fascination with Mary Jane. She takes great joy in buying and eating the Mary Jane candies, for, “to eat the candy is somehow to eat the eyes, eat Mary Jane. Love Mary Jane. Be Mary Jane,” (50). For Pecola, loving Shirley Temple and Mary Jane is an outlet to leave her black self and enter the life of
After the rape incident, as introduced in Act three, Pecola spends her days talking to her reflection in the mirror, going through the garbage, and flailing her arms around, as if wishing they were wings so that she may fly out of that damaged
Falling Action The falling action is when Colt, Oz and Danielle are attacked over and over again by Trident and his agents. Colt and his friends are forming a plan to end Trident Industries and find out who killed his parents.
From the issues in her life, she wishes to have blue eyes and look stunning so she can fulfill the life she wanted, everyone loving her. A few seasons later, Mr.Henry decided to grope Frieda and the Macteers’ kicked him out of the house. This situation applies to reality of how woman of the past and today still get sexually abused in one way or another. Especially when Cholly – Pecola’s dad – enters his house in a drunk state. He forced himself upon Pecola and rapes her, leaving her to be until Pecola’s mother inflicted a beating upon the girl, not believing Pecola’s story. As mentioned in the article, most women barely had any control over their partner’s forced rape and some refused to contact the police because they were too afraid to get punished
Pecola is first introduced as a foster child coming to live with McTeer family after her father burned down the Breedlove house. She arrives with nothing but the clothes on her back, exhibiting a shy demeanor. The effects of years of abuse and neglect are immediately evident through her interactions
Maureen and Claudia get into an argument, after Claudia defends Pecola. Claudia says that Maureen think she is so cute, and Maureen says, she is, and throws a racist insult at Claudia and Pecola. Maureen states that Claudia and black, and she makes it seems as if it bad thing, and she also calls her ugly. However, she shouts this from the other side of the road, where she is “safe”. So perhaps Maureen thinks that Claudia will hit her again. Maureen does not find Claudia, Frieda, and Pecola pretty. Pecola, who already has a hard time finding beauty in herself gets called ugly, by a girl who everybody thinks is pretty. A little after, Claudia said Pecola’s pain antagonized her. However, the pain was not the pain from accidently getting hit my
Rising Action Porphyro, who in love with Madeline and whom she loves. But Madeline’s family is not against to relationship of Madeline and Phophyro, because Madeline’s Family they treat Porphyro as an enemy on