How Is Pecola A Nature Or Nurture

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In the novel, The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, Claudia Macteer is depicted as the polar opposite of the novel 's main protagonist, Pecola Breedlove. Whilst Pecola is surrounded by constantly fighting parents and is even victimized by one of her parents, Claudia was able to grow up in a stable household with loving parents that support both of their children, Claudia and Frieda. Claudia also has a very strong demeanor; she often takes action in many of the plots throughout the novel. Pecola, on the other hand, acts very child-like in some events in the novel and is very frail and closed in. In this novel, Morrison inserted a debate in which she never intended to write into the pages for us, as the readers, to figure out: a Nature vs Nurture …show more content…

The mother and father, from what we can tell (the father never utters a piece of dialogue at all), have a strong relationship. They both have the same view of how to raise their children and behave appropriately around one another. The mother and father not only care for one another, but they have a strong bond between themselves and their two children. The father is "a wolf killer turned hawk fighter" (p. 61). For example, in the beginning of the novel (p. 8-11) it is explained that the family has taken in a man by the name of Henry to live with them. The girls are excited when they meet him because he treats them like ordinary people, not a group of immature children. He is fun and plays game with them (magic tricks with change). However, Henry’s laid back and caring facade falters when he acts inappropriately towards Claudia’s sister, Frieda (p.. 77). When their father is informed of this by Frieda, he beats Henry and runs him out of their house with a gun, along with their neighbors. He is never heard from again. Though the girl 's’ mother can act less than motherly towards her children in some of her punishments, their parents mean well. It is obvious that their father and mother care for them and it is very prevalent in the way in which Claudia presents herself. Claudia also has a very high self esteem; she will not let the stigma of white beauty bother her dark complexion. For example, when Claudia is given a baby doll with porcelain white skin, she acts in a way that is much different than the normal way a little girl would act when gifted with a baby

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