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  • The Bluest Eye Analysis

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    “The Bluest Eye” “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison is a very complex story. While not being a novel of great length is very long on complexity. It tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, a young African American girl immersed in poverty and made “ugly” by the Society of the early 1940’s that defines beauty in terms of blonde haired white skinned , and in this case specifically Shirley Temple. The novel opens in the fall of 1941, just after the Great Depression, in Lorain, Ohio. Nine-year-old Claudia

  • Bluest Eye Extract

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    Pages 5-6/ Quiet as it’s kept,….one must take refuge in how. Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” tells the tragic story of Pecola Breedlove, a young African American girl who immersed in poverty and categorized as “ugly” by society. Her abusive parents beat her at home and she is a subject to never-ending discrimination and racism. This extract is taken from the prologue of the novel; it is from the two pages before the first chapter “autumn”. Claudia narrates this extract. Prior to this passage, Toni

  • Analysis Of ' The Bluest Eye '

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    In The Bluest Eye, Pecola the protagonist is taken under the Macteer family’s wing much like “The African family is community-based and the nurturing quality is not contained within the nuclear family, but is rather the responsibility of the entire community” (Ranström). In traditional Africa each child has a place and is welcome in the community. The act of parenting another child was not odd because every adult that lived in each community believed that any child is welcome in anyone’s home. This

  • Essay on Bluest eye

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    Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye, presents the lives of several impoverished black families in the 1940’s in a rather unconventional and painful manner. Ms. Morrison leads the reader through the lives of select children and adults, describing a few powerful incidents, thoughts and experiences that lend insight into the motivation and. behavior of these characters. In a somewhat unconventional manner, the young lives of Pauline Williams Breedlove and Charles (Cholly) Breedlove are presented to

  • Identity In The Bluest Eye

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    but what if the story doesn’t have a happy ending? What if the immortalized moments are the ones that need to be forgotten? In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the theme that love and racial identity are attached to one being perceived as beautiful leads to a destructive and poisonous overemphasis on beauty. Clean, pure, innocent, blond hair, blue eyes, the ideal white beauty. Desperate

  • Whiteness In The Bluest Eye

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    Toni Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye, challenges Western standards of beauty. The book also expresses that the perception of beauty is socially constructed. With its richness of language and boldness of vision, it also recognises the possibility of whiteness used as a standard of beauty and blackness being diminished. Toni Morrison focuses on the black female characters, Pauline and Pecola Breedlove, suffering through the construction of femininity in an ethnicized society. This essay will

  • The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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    “We were born to die and we die to live.” Toni Morrison correlates to Nelson’s quote in her Nobel Lecture of 1993, “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” In Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye, she uses language to examine the concepts of racism, lack of self-identity, gender roles, and socioeconomic hardships as they factor into a misinterpretation of the American Dream. Morrison illustrates problems that these issues provoke through

  • Bluest Eye Themes

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    The novel The Bluest Eye written by Toni Morrison and The novel Never Let Me Go written by Kazuo Ishiguro are two completely different novels written during different times and for different purposes. Both novels do not relate to a story, but they relate to the theme which is the theme of sexual maturity while using a distinctive form of characterization and diction to convey their interpretation of sexual maturity. The concept is identical, yet the authors' unique word choice and writing style gives

  • The Bluest Eye Character Analysis

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    Characterization maneuvers by Toni Morrison Pecola Breedlove in The Bluest Eye is a curious, young and innocent girl who tries to understand things that are even more complex than she thinks. A wondering eleven years old girl who is not near to recognizing the world she lives in; Pecola wants to be able to be something that she thinks is unreachable without the need of any special trait, and she does whatever she thinks it takes to achieve it. Toni Morrison created a character who is constantly

  • The Character of Cholly in The Bluest Eye

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    The Character of Cholly in The Bluest Eye   Morrison has divided her portrayal of a fictional town of blacks, which suffers from alienation and subjugation, into four seasons.  I believe that her underlying message is to illustrate the reality of life's travails: the certain rhythms of blessings and tragedies.  Some blacks understand and acccept this philosophy and Morrison's use of the seasons portrays and echoes the bible verse, "To every thing there is a season, and a time