The Real Cholly Breedlove

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In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, one of the main characters, Cholly Breedlove, can be examined through a Freudian psychoanalytic lens, as he struggles with things like the structure of his personality and the Oedipal complex. Cholly is clearly a troubled man and throughout the story he experiences difficulty in trying to find a balance between his id and superego. Cholly also struggles with the Oedipal complex, raping his daughter, Pecola. This action ties in with his id, in that he acts impulsively to fulfill his wants. Cholly Breedlove, a main character from Morrison’s novel, can be examined using Freudian psychoanalysis as he struggles to maintain his ego and as he struggles with the Oedipal complex, raping his daughter Pecola.…show more content…
Cholly’s id controls his life, and he is impulsive, carrying out many sick and twisted actions. Cholly has no ego or happy-medium between his id and superego. He lives a harsh reality that is of his own doings. Cholly is a drunk who lacks any sort of respect for women. He has physical fights with his wife, Pauline, on a regular basis. Cholly and Pauline Breedlove have always “fought each other with a darkly brutal formalism that is paralleled only by their lovemaking. Tacitly they have agreed not to kill each other” (43). Although sad, this is the Breedlove’s reality and it is all because of Cholly’s doings. Cholly is the one who drinks, has no respect for women, and has not attempted to change his family’s situation at all. Because of all of Cholly’s wrongdoings, his family has suffered alongside him, having no hope to become or do anything with their lives. In Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye, Cholly Breedlove can be examined through a Freudian psychoanalytic lense as he acts impulsively and faces the Oedipal complex. Cholly’s id is present throughout the majority of the story, and he does as he pleases. Because his superego and ego are not in effect, Cholly does many awful things, such as rape his own daughter. Cholly has no respect for women, is violent, and does not care for anyone but himself. Cholly Breedlove is a twisted and terrible character and because his id is in effect, he is impulsive,
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