Bluest Eye Essay
It is then the start of school but the sisters Claudia and Frieda MacTeer are out to gather coals which had fallen from the railroad cars. There was once when Claudia got sick while they went out to gather coals, her mother was mad though still took good care of her but the child did not understand that her mother was mad at the sickness and not at her, she also remember how her sister use to comfort her by singing to her. With that incident, she remembered that love was present, it is an understood though not directly expressed feeling.
The MacTeer household had an addition; the first one was Mr. Henry Washington who lived with Mrs. Della Jones who already grew old and was left by her husband who was believed to have run off with another woman. Another one is Pecola Breedloove, she is to be pity with because her father put their family house into ashes and now she’s under the country’s custody. Miss Breedlove, being a part of the MacTeer family, loves to drink milk using Shirley temple cup but Claudia expressed how she always disliked the Shirley temple and the doll which has giver her as a present for Christmas.
She tends to know why everyone thinks that the blue-eyed doll is beautiful and where could its “beauty” be found. It was in the afternoon of Saturday when Pecola drank three quarts of milk and Mrs. MacTeer got mad because of that, the sisters tried to avoid her when Pecola starts bleeding. Frieda thought that Pecola was just having her menstruation and tried to place a pad to the latter’s dress. Pecola then suddenly asked how babies are made, and then Frieda answered her that she has to find someone to love her first. It is on the Saturday morning of October. Mrs.
Breedlove wakes first and started out a sudden burst of action in the kitchen. Pecola is still in bed but she knows that her mother will start a fight with his father. The couple fight between Cholly and his wife became a routine every after he gets home drunk, their son Sammy would actually either join the fight or run away from home while Pecola would find a way of how to stand the situation. Mrs. Breedlove would ask Cholly to bring her some coal for the stove but Cholly would refuse to do so and she says that once she sneeze and gets cold from fetching the coal outside, then the husband is in trouble.
Unfortunately Mrs. Breedlove sneezed then the fight started. The wife would use a pan to hit her husband then their son would help her mother by hitting his fathers head. Once Cholly knocks out, Sammy would ask his mother to kill his father quick but then his mother would quiet him. On the contrary, Pecola still lies on her bed feeling sick. She even wishes she could just disappear. She hates herself for her ugliness, her teacher and classmates would usually ignore her. She hopes for a blue eye because she believes that that would make her look pretty just like blue-eyed Mary Jane pictured in the candy wrapper.
Pecola goes to visit the prostitutes living above their apartment. They are kind to her and would always tell her stories about their “boyfriends” who are their clients. China, Poland, and Miss Marie are women who are not said to be a victim by their profession, they simply dislike men. They don’t feel ashamed of what they are. Pecola was then curious how it is likely to be in love or what love is like. She wonders if love is like her parent’s when making love; his father making sounds as if suffering in pain while her mother is quiet.
The winter came when a new girl charmed the whole school. Maureen Peal has a locker next to Claudia’s and one day the new comer asked the MacTeer sisters if she could join them for walk home. The three girls saw Pecola who was harassed by a circle of boys they bully her and taunt her for having a dark skin. Frieda hit a boy and threatens the other, Claudia came in to help her sister and it seems that the boys where ready to give the sisters a fight but then Maureen arrived and looks like the boys did not want to fight in front of her and just left.
Maureen asked the girls if they wanted to have some ice cream and tends to treat only Pecola, Claudia on the other hand felt embarrassed and went on without ice cream. The girls started talking about menstruation, Pecola was asked if she had ever seen her father naked and answered that she never did but Maureen continued the issue though the sister told her to stop. The girls argued and Claudia started on accusing Maureen that the girl is a boy-crazy while Maureen would tell them that they are ugly and that they are black.
Pecola was hurt and Claudia was alarmed that what the other girl said is a fact. When the girls got home, they saw Henry entertaining Miss Marie and China, Claudia and Frieda disliked it because they know that their mother hated those girls. These prostitutes come in after Mrs. MacTeer leaves the house, Frieda would ask Mr. Henry about them but the latter would lie and tell her that they are just members of his bible-study group. A black woman named Geraldine who was married to man named Louis has a child named junior.
Geraldine gives a real excellent care of junior physically but early on, the child understands that her mother is not capable of giving them affection; the woman would show affection only to cats. As a result to this, junior would torture a cat or do something likely to hurt the creature. Junior would like to play with blacks but his mother would not allow him to play with what they consider a Low-class or nigger. One time when Geraldine was out Junior asked Pecola to play with him and promised the girl to show her some kitten.
Pecola was overwhelmed by the beauty of the house, meanwhile, junior throw a cat into her face that scratched her. Pecola tried to leave but then junior stopped him from the door. The cat begun to like her and Junior was irritated that Pecola got the cat’s attention. Junior threw the cat and hit the radiator, the cat fell down lifelessly. Geraldine was back by then and saw the cat, on the other hand junior said that Pecola was the one who killed it and so Geraldine told Pecola that she was a “nasty little black bitch”. Now Cholly came home drunk again finds Pecola busy doing the dishes.
With mix desires of tenderness and madness of rage, Cholly raped his own daughter Pecola. She then faints and when she wakes up she founds her mother staring down at her. In Loraine’s black community a light-skinned who was raised from the west was “self declared reader so as an adviser”, he is Soaphead church. He was a married man but was suddenly left two months afterwards then he discovered that he does not fit his profession and so he studied psychiatry and other social sciences, had different jobs and finally came to live in Lorain.
He rents a back from Bertha Reese and the only problem that he has with it is the landlady’s dog which disgusts him. He planned to kill the dog but every time he tries he hesitates to go near it. Pecola came to ask Soaphead Church for blue eyes, he understands Pecola and was touched by the child’s request. He understand her through his own attraction to whiteness, he knows that he could not help her but he told Pecola that she should give Bob, the dog, a meat that he secretly poisoned. He said that if the dog shows any reaction, her wishes will then come true.
The dog that then ate the meat convulsed and sooner died, Pecola seeing the reaction of the dog ran away. Meanwhile Soaphead remembers two children who let him touch them in exchange of money and sweets and wrote a letter to god saying that he had never touched Pecola and that he Rivaled God for he had granted Pecola’s wish. It is also said that she will not literally have her blue eyes but because of the incident, she will believe she now does. Claudia and Frieda noticed that Pecola was inseminated by her own father who had already run away. The whole neighborhood was disgusted by that fact but some of them also blamed Pecola.
When her mother Pauline found her, she hit her hard, and beat her until she almost loses her breath. The MacTeer sisters were sorrowed by the fact that none of the adult at their place seem to care for Pecola. In the contrary, Claudia made an idea on her mind about how the baby looks like. She imagined that the baby with all the beautiful features; eyes, lips and skin. They tend to help poor Pecola by praying for her and by giving a sacrifice; they plan to bury the money into Pecola’s house and they will plant the rest of the marigold seeds into their own yard(bookrags).
Pecola started her madness and is always imagining that she has a new friend. Her imaginary friend would tell her criticisms for looking at her own image at the mirror; Pecola would start to ask about how her eyes are so admiringly blue and ask her imaginary friend if her eyes are the bluest ones. She thinks that all the people around her are jealous of her that’s why no one dares to look or stare at her not even her mother. Then Pecola’s friend would start talking about her father, and would tell her that Mrs. Breedlove must really miss her husband very much because they are making love a lot.
The imaginary friend would accuse Pecola that she liked her father’s sexual advances during the second time that Cholly raped her, Pecola got angry and decided to move on to their first topic about her blue eyes. Claudia and Frieda felt that they failed because their marigold seed never grew and Pecola’s baby was born without life. Cholly died eventually in a workhouse and Mrs. Breedlove and Pecola moved into a new place. Claudia thought that it is the people who stand as the climate for a certain person who tend to be the flower to bloom (Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye).
Quotations: ”Claudia and Frieda thought that it was because Pecola is having her father’s baby that the seed of the marigold flower did not grow” (p. 5). This is when Claudia narrated her friend’s being pregnated by Pecola’s own father(novelguide. com). “Nuns go by as quiet as lust, and drunken men and sober eyes sing in the lobby of the Greek hotel(p. 9)(“The Bluest Eye”) it explains that in the autumn or the start of the story, the people are not who they are as said to be.
“We stare at her, wanting her bread, but more than that wanting to poke the arrogance out of her eyes and smash the pride of ownership that curls her chewing mouth (p. 9). “(novelguide. com) it is when Claudia stated how she hated Villanucci not because of the things that the person possess but because of her attitude towards the social status that she has. “It had occurred to Pecola some time ago that if her eyes, those eyes that held the pictures, and knew the sights-if those eyes of hers were different, that is to say, beautiful, she herself would be different (p.
46)(novelguide. com). ” Pecola believed that her life would be different if only her eyes would turn into blue. “She looks up at him and sees the vacuum where curiosity ought to lodge and something more, the total absence of human recognition-the glazed separateness. ” (p. 48)(novelguide. com) it is when Pecola went out to buy candy and the owner of the store did not seem to appreciate the beauty she has as a child. “The line between colored and nigger was not always clear(novelguide. com); subtle and telltale signs threatened to erode it, and the watch had to be constant.
” (p. 87)(Toni Morrison “The Bluest Eye”) This explains how Geraldine tried to hide the real appearance of junior by taking good care of him and his true skin tone. “She was secure and grateful; he was kind and lively. ” (p. 116)(novelguide. com). The narrator stated how the couple, Pauline and Cholly, went well at the beginning of their relationship. “She was never able, after her education in the movies, to look at a face and not assign it some category in the scale of absolute beauty, and the scale was one she absorbed in full from the silver screen. ” (p. 122)(novelguide.
com). Pauline, the mother of Pecola believed that she could not be compared with other white person and that she is not beautiful according to the standards of white. “Her simplicity decorated us; her guilt sanctified us, her pain made us glow with health. ” (p. 205)(novelguide. com). The narrator explains how Pecola’s inferiority complex strengthens the feeling of superiority of the people around her. “Certain seeds it will not nurture certain fruit it will not bear and when the land kills of its own volition, we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live.
” (p. 206)(Toni Morrison “The Bluest Eye”). This explains that Pecola’s baby was born dead because the poor being was hated and that the child has no right to live. “We had defended ourselves since memory against everything and everybody considered all speech a code to be broken by us, and all gestures subject to careful analysis; we had become headstrong, devious, and arrogant. Nobody paid us any attention, so we paid very good attention to ourselves. Our limitations were not known to us—not then.
” (Second-to-last chapter)(Toni Morrison “The Bluest Eye”) Claudia meant that they never let themselves be oppressed by other people because their parents are there to support them not unlike Pecola who experiences the confrontation of life and death problems without anyone to keep her strong. “The birdlike gestures are worn away to a mere picking and plucking her way between the tire rims and the sunflowers, between Coke bottles and milkweed, among all the waste and beauty of the world—which is what she herself was. All of our waste which we dumped on her and which she absorbed(Toni Morrison “The Bluest Eye”).
And all of our beauty, which was hers first and which she gave to us. “(Last chapter)(Toni Morrison “The Bluest Eye”)This explains how Pecola was made into a symbol of how person get along through the sufferings with fear and learns to face it with hope that shows the inner beauty of a person. “Cholly loved her. I’m sure he did. He, at any rate, was the one who loved her enough to touch her, envelop her, and give something of him to her. But his touch was fatal, and the something he gave her filled the matrix of her agony with death(last chapter). (Tony Morrison).
Claudia believed that Cholly loved Pecola the way he loved Pauline because he touched her and made love to her like he did with Pauline but the love he has for Pecola was the reason of her madness. “For some reason Cholly had not hated the white men; he hated, despised, the girl. Even a half-remembrance of this episode, along with myriad other humiliations, defeats, and emasculations, could stir him into flights of depravity that surprised himself–but not only himself”. (ShengYing) “Here was an ugly little girl asking for beauty. A little black girl who wanted to rise up out of the pit of her blackness and see the world with blue eyes.
“(Tony Morrison) this was when Pecola approached Soaphead church and asked him to grant her a wish which is to have those blue eyes. Work Cited (Toni Morrison “The Bluest Eye”)http://www. novelguide. com/TheBluestEye/toptenquotes. html (Toni Morrison “The Bluest Eye”)http://www. randomhouse. com/highschool/catalog/display. pperl? isbn=9780375411557&view=excerpt (Toni Morrison “The Bluest Eye”)http://academic. brooklyn. cuny. edu/english/melani/cs6/eye61. html (Toni Morrison “The Bluest Eye”)http://www. sparknotes. com/lit/bluesteye/quotes. html (ShengYing) http://www. tqnyc. org/NYC040522/thebluesteye/finalwork. htm