Critical Analysis Of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

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ANALYSIS Toni Morrison's writing can almost be considered as an anomaly, because it is both difficult and popular. The reader encounters these features from the very first pages of The Bluest Eye. The illustrations and stories in the beginning, introduce the world image as a universally secure, clean, orderly and happy place in which children were well-behaved and the parents who never got sick or argued, loved their children and each other every single day; their pets too were playful and obedient and never left home. Labeling these stories as unrealistic is but one shortcoming. No black individuals were portrayed, no visitors or relatives enter the pages. Nothing was too confusing or overwhelming in the world of Dick and Jane. These primers…show more content…
She is apologetic because she and her sister Frieda, lament not being able to save Pecola's baby, although they were determined to find a magic formula that would make it happen. Now that Claudia is an adult, she knows the "why" of Pecola's fate, but the explanation of the story is too shocking and mysterious to understand or articulate, so she does the next best thing and shares the "how". The "why" is left to contemplate by the readers who are curious and wise enough to understand the truth that is not apparent. Claudia starts the introduction to her story with "Quiet as it's kept". The reader learns immediately the most important facts of the story even before the narrative begins: Pecola's father rapes her, then she is pregnant and eventually the baby doesn't make it. Also important to know that "Quiet as it's kept" is a phrase used by black women to imply that a secret would be revealed. It also has a measure of intimacy, interest and even conspiracy between the listener and the one sharing the gossip. Claudia knows that the story of Pecola is too important to not be told, and that Pecola has been damaged too much by life to know that she has a story to tell in the first place. She has put down before she can even grow up. The childhood conditions of Pecola were similar to those of Claudia, but different as well which made the later reflections happen. Remorse feelings are very appropriate reactions as well, but remorse is not enough, as it is made clear in Morrison's

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