|Plot Summary of The Bluest Eye|
|"The Bluest Eye is the story of Pecola Breedlove. Pecola is eleven years old growing up in Ohio. The story discusses the hardship of being black and poor. There are references to rape and sexuality. Pecola wishes that she could have blue eyes like the pretty white girls. Unfornately, Pecola will found that there may be somethings that aren't worth wishing for. This book won the Nobel Prize in LIterature."
Kristy Pastore, Resident Scholar
|" The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, tells the story of a girl named Pecola. Pecola is an eleven year old who is basically described as poor, black, and ugly. Through Pecola's characterization, Toni Morrison is able to illustrate issues of race, class, and gender and the effects that thesse issues can have upon a society.
The story is narrated by a friend of Pecola, Claudia, who divulges to the reader her hatred of the white beauty standard. Claudia does not understand why she and her black friends should adore the "Shirley Temples" of the world. Although they live in a black neighborhood, the girls are given white dolls with blonde hair and blue eyes as Christamas presents. However, Pecola does not have the same feelings as Claudia. Pecola idolizes the idea of having blue eyes that she believes are the ultimate representation of beauty.
When Pecola is left alone with her father, Cholly, she is raped by him and later she finds that she is pregnant. As the other people in the town begin to hear of Pecola's rape, they ignore Pecola and she is forced to the outskirts of town. "
Paris Scott, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Bluest Eye|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
Inside culture (main char)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Parents/lack of parents problem?
- molestation - unpleasant gift from daddy
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
Small town people:
- dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle
- mostly 3rd
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- rape/molest (yeech!)
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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