The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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Social class is a major theme in the book The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Toni Morrison is saying that there are dysfunctional families in every social class, though people only think of it in the lower class. Toni Morrison was also stating that people also use social class to separate themselves from others and apart from race; social class is one thing Pauline and Geraldine admire.Claudia, Pecola, and Frieda are affected by not only their own social status, but others social status too - for example Geraldine and Maureen Peal. Characters in the book use their social class as another reason for being ugly. Readers are reminded of the theme every time a new character enters into the book. Social Class starts off in the book when Claudia…show more content…
They cover up the funkiness and hide it day after day; they refuse to let it be a factor in their lives. People envy these women. The characters often associate money with happiness; because Geraldine has more money than them they think she is living a blessed life. But that assumption is totally wrong. Geraldine, her husband Louis, and her son Louis Jr. are all unhappy, while the Macteers, a low class family, sticks together and try to make the best out of nothing. For example “Love, thick and dark as Alaga syrup, eased up into that cracked window. I could smell it – taste it – sweet, musty, with an edge of wintergreen in its base – everywhere in that house” page 12 (Toni Morrison). This shows that even know though they were poor and could not afford the greatest things the MacTeers kept love alive. In Geraldine’s house it is neatly kept and furnished with elaborate decorations but the owners are emotionless and oblivious of the unloving atmosphere. Geraldine was a great housewife who cleaned, always had dinner, breakfast and lunch ready, ironed her husband’s clothes but did not feel love towards them. “The cat will always know that he is first in her affections. Even after she bears a child.” page 86 (Toni Morrison.) Another way this theory is proven wrong is that two families, one middle class, and one lower class, both experience troubled families. The Breedloves and Geraldine’s family are in

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