Comparison Of Child Abuse In Toni Morrison's 'The Bluest Eye'

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I chose Child Abuse as my topic because I feel bad for the children who suffer from getting abused in different types of ways. When you grow up around abuse, you end up being insecure about yourself and always think that they are not good enough for anything or anyone. I read The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison for the second unit of literature because the title of the book caught my attention, and the book also relates to the last book I read called I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Studies show that “90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. 68% are abused by a family member”(Do Something). This relates to the two books I read because the girls in both books get sexually abused by a family member. Growing up in a household of abuse can warp a person’s understanding of how healthy relationships function.

In the novel, a girl named Pecola is abused by her relatives and friends. She suffers traumatic experiences that she lives with for the rest of her life. Pecola’s parents Cholly and Pauline Breedlove always abused each other in front of Pecola and her brother, Sammy. This leads the kids to not understand what love really is. In the beginning of the novel, Pecola only has two friends out of all of the kids in the city because everyone else abuses her for no reason. She lives with her friends named Frieda and Claudia and the friends mom. In the middle of the novel, Pecola moves back home with her parents who are considered ugly by

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