The Bluest Eye Analysis

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The opinions of others, wether one notices or not, greatly affect his or her life. In Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye, Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl with dark brown eyes, is deemed ugly. Although she does not possess ugliness; she “put it on, so to speak, although it did not belong to [her]” (Morrison 38). Pecola believes she is ugly because she does not meet the societal beauty standard. Pecola convinces herself that all her struggles are rooted in the fact that she not beautiful. If Pecola was white, blond, and blue-eyed her life would be different—it would be better. Pecola believes that having blue eyes would change her entire life. Though she would not be given different friends or a different family, those same friends …show more content…

If Pecola acquired blue eyes she believes she would no longer be an outcast. She believes her peers will accept her. After seeing how the new girl, Maureen Peal, with “sloe green eyes” and white skin “enchanted the entire school,” Pecola makes the hypothesis that having blue eyes would make her popular amongst her classmates (62). She believes that to have blue-green eyes and white skin earns her acceptance. Pecola wants everyone to look at her the same way they look at Maureen. She desires to be the girl that enchants the school. Though Pecola seeks admiration from all of her peers, Pecola ultimately seeks Maureen’s approval and acceptance. Pecola wants the prettiest girl in the class to view her as beautiful. However, after a dispute with Pecola, Maureen exclaims, “I am cute! And you are ugly! Black and ugly e mos. I am cute!” (73). Pecola, after hearing this proclamation, comes to the realization that the most beautiful girl in school believes that being black means being ugly. Therefore, Maureen proclaims that being white must be what leads to beauty and popularity. In fact, at the end of the novel when Pecola is conversing with herself she asks, “What does Maureen think about your eyes?” (196). This question further proves that if Maureen admired Pecola in the same manner everyone admired her, Pecola would feel beautiful. She would be beautiful like Maureen, and everyone will accept her.

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