The Bluest Eye Essay Research Paper Analysis

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The Bluest Eye Essay, Research Paper Analysis of LiteratureMay 4, 1999 When considering the novels that I have read by African American writers, I would say that the book that displays the most importance to me would be The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Importance, in my opinion, has displays certain qualities that a novel must have. Some of which are that the novel must characterize and reflect upon real people dealing with real situations in real places. What makes a novel so real would be the ability for a reader to really feel the challenges that some of the characters face.In The Bluest Eye some of the challenges that existed were the racial disintegration issues that were not only engrained in the minds of the white, but the way they were engrained in the minds of the

black. This is where Toni Morrison decided to focus when writing her novel. Some of the real issues that were addressed in this novel were how blacks of the time were perceived as beautiful to society. This was clearly based on the complexion of their skin and society placed little regard to any notion of inner beauty. However, as the reader, we are constantly asking ourselves why is Pauline putting her daughter through all of this? Doesn t Pauline realize how beautiful Pecola is from the inside? We are made to feel sorry for that community and the irony that exists in their day to day lives.Some of the irony can be seen when Pecola and her friend go to visit her mom at the workplace. A blueberry pie that rests on the counter tempts Pecola. She reaches over for a bite however she

clumsily drops everything, which makes a loud noise, and before she knows it, she is covered in extremely hot pie. Pecola s mother comes thrashing out at her and beats her, then immediately turns to the daughter of the house (who happens to call her by her first name, when Pecola has never been allowed to) and begins to comfort her. Pecola is devastated that her own mother would rather nurse another man s daughter rather than her own. To her dismay, the daughter of the house is a little blonde girl with the blue eyes that Pecola always wanted. I feel that it is repeated incidents similar to these that form the root of what the perception of beauty has become in the community. Toni Morrison is ever so familiar with this society. This perception of beauty (blue eyes) is then

engrained in the minds of the African American, which try to live by the standards set by the white. One can clearly see how this could not work. Thus, the African American is left feeling ugly, only because they perceive beauty to be something that simply is not them. One could see how the African American would be hopeless in trying to attain their perception of beauty. The question then arises, how should they measure beauty?In today s world, fuzzed by glitzy fashion magazines and super models being paid by the millions, would go to show that there is always a breed of people who are still living by the standards set by the suburbia that Pecola was once a part of. Nevertheless, within the educated few exists a breed of people that measure attraction form one another based upon

traits like character, morals, and values. Each of which comprises of what I call inner beauty. In my opinion, I saw Pecola to simply be a beautiful person. I feel the misery that she goes through when she is losing the rat race imposed upon her by that community. We know that she tried and failed, but what we must really appreciate is exactly how hard she tried.These are all examples of the real situations and challenges faced by real people. Even today, we see people living by unattainable standards all over the place. This is one of the timeless realities in Toni Morrison s novel, there are always a number of Pecola s living in the world today, and the same applies for the future. They may not have faced the identical situations that she did; yet the general guidelines by