The Difference Between Adolescence And Adulthood In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

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The transition from adolescence to adulthood is not as clear-cut as the physical traits may suggest. Culture has a major role in deciding when that change is. Some cultures use a specific age, while others acknowledge physical changes. Regardless, cultures around the world understand that there is a distinct difference between adolescence and adulthood. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye tells a story from the perspective of Claudia, a black girl growing up in the 1940s. Morrison uses Claudia as a narrator during her youth, and again when she is a grown woman. Morrison uses the shifting perspective to show that the abilities to understand and reflect are what separate women from girls. The Bluest Eye focuses on the idea of the ideal child and…show more content…
Morrison establishes the carefree attitude to show how social standing and looks have a major effect on the development of young girls. Maureen has lighter skin and money so she gets the attention that she will likely crave as an adult. Claudia and the other girls have little money to splurge in luxuries like ice cream and candy bars so as adults, they will likely see impractical spending as a luxury and not an entitlement in their adult years. An important part of being a child is taking note of and becoming accustomed to the way that people interact with each other. The curiosity is universal among all of the young girls in the novel. They are constantly trying to solve their problems independently of adults. One of these problems is Claudia’s knowledge of puberty. Freida tries to help Pecola, while Claudia is trying to hide the evidence of her maturing from her mother. Claudia has no idea of the circumstances and rushes her tasks saying that she “had to stay behind and not see any of it” (Morrison 29). The others would stay behind and clean rather than watch the operation that was necessary. Curiosity is also seen from Rosemary in this scene. Rosemary is caught spying on Claudia and Frieda during Pecola’s moment of distress. Rosemary then goes to tell Mrs. MacTeer that “they’re playing nasty” (Morrison 30). The young girls in Morrison’s novel show curiosity to show that much of being a girl is learned from experience, rather than being taught, which ultimately

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