Summary Of The Novel 'The Bluest Eye'

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Corruption of Men
There is a large sense of wickedness around the world, and although it might not seem true, but most of it comes from corrupt man. The novel, The Bluest eye, was written by Toni Morrison following the years after the Great Depression. It centers around the story of a young girl named Pecola who experiences domestic violence and racism within her surrounding. Pecola often feels “ugly” due to her black skin color; she tries to deal with it by wishing for blue eyes in order to assimilate with the white culture. The novel is mostly written from Claudia MacTeer’s perspective, who is portrayed as the opposite of Pecola. Instead of falling into society’s norms, Claudia accepts her beauty and wants to seek out her own truth. Although both girls don’t grow up in loving families, Pecola has much difficult times as her father, Cholly, has shown her nothing but hatred. Morrison is writing this novel to express how hurtful men are and what it leads to. She explores the cruelty of men and it cannot be better portrayed
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Elihue does not enjoy physical or sexual contact with most people, thus he “[limits] his interests to little girls” and believes that they are “manageable and frequently seductive” (Morrison 166). Soaphead Church’s urges of sexual attention from young girls portray him as a monster that lacks sanity and rational; a sane person would direct his cravings to a more acceptable direction, such as seeking sexual encounters among people his own age. Also, he prefers objects over people as “all his life he had a fondness for things” (Morrison 165). The fact that he finds more meaning in objects rather than in people shows how thoughtless and insensitive he is. His behavior reflects on all men, illustrating a negative image of the male gender. Nothing can be said about Elihue, except that he is an uncaring, heartless
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