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
She wrote that her inspiration for the story was a conversation she had had when she was little with another little black girl who had a fascination with blue eyes, much like her character Pecola Breedlove. Morrison is known for her stories that circle around how racism and misogyny affect black women. For The Bluest Eye, a little girl named Pecola Breedlove goes insane from the inhumane treatment she faces as an eleven-year-old african american girl in the Great Depression. There are many points in the book where she is dehumanized and treated less than dirt, even by her own parents. Her father in a bid to feel in control despite how much white men have controlled him, rapes his daughter and she becomes pregnant with his child.
Henry’s father has extreme feelings towards certain subjects or groups of people. Specifically, Henry’s father is against the Japanese because of the war that is currently going on, but little does he know, his son’s only friend is of Japanese descent. When Henry’s parents discovered all of Keiko’s belongings that he was hiding, that was the lowest and possibly breaking point of their relationship. Following that incident, “Henry thought about his parents. They hadn’t spoken a word to him in nearly a week.
The issues of new world and old world misunderstandings as well as contrasting values made these relationships challenging to uphold. The relationship involving Henry and his father crumbled due to vigorous values each side possessed. Even though they couldn’t preserve their relationship it created a guideline for how Henry would father Marty. The relationship gave Henry a sense of how a father should act and be the father that he never had. Henry’s relationship to Marty succeeded because of these guidelines.
This causes these two men to live with discomfort, which leads them to become irrational and cloistered. Tom does not have a healthy relationship with his mother because he emotionally limits himself; Tom creates tension between him and his mother by not opening himself up to
Here the audience can see his push to the start of making things right with his family. Also, since the audience is aware of each character’s situation, we can look at the pieces of the broken family, and more importantly the importance of unity in
Character Summary: In the beginning of the movie, Claudia Gator is seen having casual sex with a stranger. He later leaves when Claudia’s dad, Jimmy, comes over to reconcile with Claudia. Claudia is not open to reconciliation and curses at her father to leave, which he does. The altercation with Claudia’s father greatly agitates Claudia and leads her to snort cocaine while listening to very loud music.
The art of depiction allows an author to craft a narration that would give the audience a first-hand experience of a situation. In this piece, the narrator is portraying the characteristics of her older sister, revealing an assortment of love alongside bitterness, through a forthright recitation of her own experiences. A couple sentences into the piece, it is evident that the story is told through the point of view of a little girl – the speaker is unable to understand the situation from anyone else’s point of view. Even though the author never explicitly states the age of the speaker, it is easy to perceive her juvenile thought process.
On this journey they survive with the bond of paternal love and trust. Throughout the novel we realize the boy is more trusting than the man, as he is always trying to help people and give away precious food. This is carved into the boy’s personality, his ability to trust people regardless
Likewise, Morrison also uses symbolism for the duration of the novel to establish how people can judge a person based on their economic standing. For instance, symbolism is represented through the blue eyes that is repeatedly mentioned in the novel. The blue eyes represent the idealistic white middle class life that Pecola dreams of having since white people commonly have blue eyes. The reader can infer this suggestion because whenever Pecola is experiencing bad things she wishes to have blue eyes. Morrison writes, "If she looked different, beautiful, maybe Cholly would be different and Mrs. Breedlove too…Each night, without fail, she prayed for the blue eyes…
The social standards of beauty and the idea of the American Dream in The Bluest Eye leads Mrs. Breedlove to feelings of shame that she later passes on to Pecola. The Breedloves are surrounded by the idea of perfection, and their absence of it makes them misfits. Mrs. Breedlove works for a white family, the Fishers. She enjoys the luxury of her work life and inevitably favors her work over her family. This leads Pecola to struggle to find her identity, in a time where perception is everything.
Morrison 's first novel, The Bluest Eye, examines the tragic effects of imposing white, middle-class American ideals of beauty on the developing female identity of a young African American girl during the early 1940s. Inspired by a conversation Morrison once had with an elementary school classmate who wished for blue eyes, the novel poignantly shows the psychological devastation of a young black girl, Pecola Breedlove, who searches for love and acceptance in a world that denies and devalues people of her own race. As her mental state slowly unravels, Pecola hopelessly longs to possess the conventional American standards of feminine beauty—namely, white skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes—as presented to her by the popular icons and traditions of white culture. Written as a fragmented narrative from multiple perspectives and with significant typographical deviations, The Bluest Eye juxtaposes passages from the Dick-and-Jane grammar school primer with memories and stories of Pecola 's life alternately told in retrospect by one of Pecola 's now-grown childhood friends and by an omniscient narrator. Published in the midst of the Black Arts movement that flourished during the late 1960s and early 1970s, The Bluest Eye has attracted
The debate between scientist determining individual success based on nature and nurture. Nature and nurture play a big role in determining one’s individual success in many ways, but it also does not play a big role in determining one’s success. Nurture is the type of environment one is exposed to growing up. Nature is something one cannot control, for they are born with it, or it is in their human nature, therefore people across the world do the same thing.
Skills are required in many tasks that one faces throughout his or her career, education, or personal life. The ability to read and write proficiently are examples of necessary skills that many aspects of life require. Each person has various skills that he or she possesses to help him or her excel in the workforce or personal affairs. However, the roles of nurture, where skills and abilities are acquired through experience, and nature, where skills and abilities are acquired genetically, affect these skills that everyday people obtain. For example, I have a skill of playing soccer, but neither of my parents or grandparents played the sport, so I learned how to play primarily through the role of nurture, but the roles of nature also played a part in my success.
Toni Morrison, the first black women Nobel Prize winner, in her first novel, The Bluest Eye depicts the tragic condition of the blacks in racist America. It examines how the ideologies perpetuated by the dominant groups and adopted by the marginal groups influence the identity of the black women. Through the depictions of white beauty icons, Morrison’s black characters lose themselves to self-hatred. They try to obliterate their heritage, and eventually like Pecola Breedlove, the child protagonist, who yearns for blue eyes, has no recourse except madness. This assignment focusses on double consciousness and its devastating effects on Pecola.
In this case, Henry feels that Mark, his sister and little brother are trying to take all his parents attention away from him (Ruben,