The MacTeer home took Pecola in because of her family 's violence. However, she was there temporarily because the county was only waiting “until the family was reunited” (16), also Cholly had tried to burn the house down, and then she would be placed back in her home. There, Pecola got to experience what a normal family was like since her home is filled with violence and hatred. The MacTeer home illustrated motherly love and family union, which Pecola didn’t have. Mrs. MacTeer expressed real concern and love for her daughters.
Belicia husband left her when her children were very young, so Belicia had to work three jobs to provide Lola and Oscar food to eat and place to live. Belicia was a negative, loud mouth, abusive mother. She convinced Lola that Lola was ugly, stupid, and worthless. Belicia often screamed hit her children anywhere and in front of any one, with either the flip flop or the leather strap. If “Belicia was not at work, she was sleeping; Lola shopped, cooked, cleaned, took care of Oscar, and had the best grades in her class” (Diaz 56); nevertheless, Belicia complimented Lola.
Both women and children are granted no voice, no bodily integrity. If they are lucky like Claudia and Frieda Macteer, they will learn resistance strategies from their parents. But, if they are unlucky like Pecola Breedlove, they will learn various kinds of disempowered response. The novel also shows not only the suffrage of racial oppression, but also the tyranny and violation brought upon them by the men in their lives. The theme of male oppression over the women in the novel reaches its brutal climax during Pecola's father rape for her.
Although the novel does takes place in 1941, a time where racism and division of white people and coloured people still existed. Therefore it is not remarkable that such beauty standards exists. Throughout the story it is clear that Pecola’s only desire is to have blue eyes. She truly
Pecola menstruated in the garden while playing with Frieda and Claudia. Whist Pecola had no idea of what happened to her and she thought that she would die. Frieda explained that she was now capable of having a baby. While the sisters tried to help and clean Pecola-they were confronted with the nosey neighbor Rosemary who threatened to tell their mother that the girls were “playing nasty” (Morrison 22). Claudia the rebel reached out and scratched Rosemary’s nose.
But rather than continue this creative act, Pecola gives in and “the anger will not hold; it sleeps. The shame wells up again.” (38) Pecola interprets poor treatment and abuse as her own fault. She believes that the way people observe her is more reliable
Pauline believes Pecola is ugly, seeing the ugliness which she believed was in herself, in Pecola. This translates to the way she treats Pecola and in some ways, to the image that Pecola sees herself. In addition, Cholly Breedlove has his own violent backstory that leads to his anger and frustration with his life. Cholly’s own unfortunate experiences, such as being left in the trash by his
Within the book, there is a significant growth of Pecola’s obsession with Temple and the blue eyes, which became the centre of her dreams. It was also the way of an escape from the many pains she was exposed to, for example, bullying, mother’s beating and rape by her father. Reading the book, it was quite clear that Pauline, Pecola’s mother, rejected her own children and paid the attention to the Fisher’s house as if it was her own home, which was reflected by her maintaining this
She is taken in by a local family, but eventually goes back to live with her abusive parents. Pecola’s parents hate themselves and each other which is expressed in equal measures of violence and neglect. Pecola is raped by her father and impregnated, but the child does not survive premature birth. Eventually, Pecola pleads with a town mystic to grant her wish of having blue eyes, believing this “mark of beauty” will finally earn her the love she so desperately craves. Pecola finally loses her sanity, believing her wish granted, and spends the rest of her life in a world of fantasy on the edge of
Most children who face abuse believe that with age comes security. They have high beliefs in receiving liberty from it all. As a result of being subjected to the hands of anger, many children find it hard to cope or get along with others. It lowers their self-esteem, causing them to trust no one and most devastatingly, a number of them suffer in silence. So tell me, is abuse a pretty thing?