We also learn that after the first time, Pecola told Mrs. She then tells the girls that they can wait with her until Pecola is back, offering them pop to drink while they wait. Her father has impregnated her, twisting the normal growth of the family tree back on itself. It was as though some mysterious, all-knowing master had given each one a cloak of ugliness to wear, and they had each accepted it without question. The narrative switches to present tense, in a long passage in which Pecola goes to buy candy from a grocery store. Pauline and other black women at the time, by trying to conform to white beauty has destructive qualities then on their communities, in the novel and during this time period.
Morrison combining whiteness and humans creates a racial tension seen in reality and in society. But to some degree, Pecola remains a shadowy, mysterious character—we are not given as much insight into how she thinks and feels as we are into other characters, who may therefore receive the greater share of our sympathy. Pecola asks Frieda if her menstruation means she can have a baby now. How does the novel end? The idealized and white world of the Dick and Jane story could not be farther from the truth for Pecola. There is no effort to maintain the house, and the sofa brings memories of humiliation.
The baby came too early and died. By making the penny disappear, Mr. When she finishes washing the blood from the step, she rushes around the corner of the house to where Frieda is helping Pecola. Claudia naïvely assumes that the beauty others see in the doll must inhere physically inside it, and so she takes apart the doll to search for its beauty. With no demands of her own, she is easily absorbed into the lives of the other people in the MacTeer house.
Pauline and Cholly Breedlove are transplanted Southerners and several key scenes in the novel are set in the South. What are the MacTeer house and household like? They allowed for Pectoral to become the scapegoat for her ancestral pregnancy, because black society took up white ideals for beauty at the expense for others. When her own body begins to change, she can only fear it. Based on those connotations, what kind of ending would you expect? What is the effect of her mother's singing on Claudia? MacTeer, scolds her for not wearing something on her head while outside. The cat scratches her and Pecola begins to cry and tries to leave, but Junior pushes her down and runs to the other side of the door, keeping her in the room.
Breedlove gives most of her attention and love. Pecola frets about whether her eyes are the bluest of all, and her friend assures her that they are. The fact that Pectoral desires blue eyes reveals that racism in society causes young African-American girls to envy whiteness, and to have low self-esteem. Is there any sense of foreshadowing in these two prologues? Humiliated but also powerless, Cholly keeps at it until the hunters grow bored and leave. As a young boy, Cholly has a great friend in old Blue Jack, an older black man who works at the feed store. The worst insult the black boys can think of is to call Pecola black.
Morrison, in a sense, is speeding up the machinery of the Dick and Jane story to show how it does not work, how it degenerates into meaninglessness under any kind of scrutiny. Born and raised in Georgia, Cholly is abandoned by his mother when four days old, and taken in by his Great Aunt Jimmy. The images of Shirley Temple and of white baby dolls are central to the meaning of this novel. How do Pecola and her brother Sammy react to the fights? Why is Claudia upset at this displacement? As far as we know, Soaphead Church is the only mortal being to whom Pecola has revealed her wish, and his emotional reaction is admiration. Her dismemberment of the dolls can be read in two ways: first, Claudia is frustrated by the society that cherishes pink skin and blue eyes and thus can never consider her, a black girl, to be truly beautiful.
On a Saturday morning in October, Mrs. In the evening, grown-ups take them to Zick's Coal Company to collect coal that has fallen from railroad cars to heat their house. People are trying to reach, to achieve nearly impossible and plain impossible things. The three girls are outside when Pecola realizes she is bleeding between her legs. A symbiosis is a close relationship between two or more living beings which generally benefits both. Breedlove goes to get the wash, a very young white girl appears and reacts with fear when she sees the three girls.
How does Morrison set up comparisons between a Northern black community and the Southern black way of life? The Bluest Eye uses multiple narrators, including Claudia as a child, Claudia as an adult, and an omniscient narrator. What is the effect of their attitude on the children? The coal stove indicates, both figuratively and literally, the absence of warmth in the Breedlove home. Claudia rejects all attempts by others to force feelings of inferiority upon her, but Pecola, lacking the same self-confidence because of her unloving home life, is an easy target for demoralizing propaganda. Implicitly, the girls will come to understand the movements and rituals of this dance as they grow to womanhood. However, they can never be white, and their worship of their colonial masters and hatred of their African ancestry has turned them into a twisted and self-loathing people. She finds a permanent job working for a wealthy and warm-hearted white family called the Fishers. Pecola is terrified by these battles, and can do little to escape while they happen.