The Bluest Eye
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more... show more
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.
Publish date: May 8th 2007
Pages no: 206
Edition language: English
...and then the last two pages happened. At first I was terribly disappointed—because obviously this unnecessary explanation of the brilliance before had been tacked on specially for thick white people like me—but no. Those last paragraphs were there to deliver the final punch in the last five sente...
Please note that this book deals with rape and incest. This book has left me thinking over certain themes for days. I think the best thing I can say about any book is that I can't stop thinking about it. "The Bluest Eye" was so hard to read in parts that I honestly was surprised when I got to the en...
I just can't get behind a story told so haphazardly. There is no linear timeline or plot. The whole thing is just a character study done in countless vignettes from different people's points of view. It was physically painful for me to read as it resulted in a bunch of confusion, dissociation, and h...
I'm going to keep this short because I really don't have a whole lot I can add to this. I read The Bluest Eye when I was in school, I think when I was in college. And all I remember was I couldn't appreciate the beauty of every written word in it until now. Morrison's prose comes off as almost lyr...
Read with Feminist Book Club @FeministBC This is my contribution to the discussion:I think the main theme of the novel is the self-hatred produced by a racist culture. The most overt image of this is Pecola’s pathological desire for blue eyes, but it is also powerfully evident in the character of Ge...