Purple Summer Poem Analysis

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The second half of The Bluest Eye, “Spring” and “Summer,” are the heaviest, most intense sections of them all. Toni Morrison hard-hitting describes the terrible events that unravel during this time. The disgustingly real descriptions show us the true horror of abuse, rape, and violence and the aftermath of all of it. After reading this book, the song “Purple Summer,” by Duncan Sheik instantly came to mind. It is the final song performed in the coming-of-age musical “Spring Awakening,” and is used to symbolize the end of the children's’ innocence and transition into adolescence. Hidden meanings in the lyrics tell of everyone “blooming,” representing character change and development. In addition, the song describes life events that still go one,…show more content…
By describing it this way, his life sounds beautiful. Though it is, in reality, dark and nowhere near perfect, these use of words almost takes pity on him; it is a sad kind of beautiful. If only musicians would know how to piece everything together, then how would Cholly know how to cope with everything. Having to process all this heavy information while still being a young child is very difficult. He can not just make sense of everything or understand why certain things…show more content…
It makes his melodic life all the more violent, the silence so much louder. I noticed that when Morrison listed free activities, she says two opposite extremes that could happen. For example, the line, “Free to sleep in doorways or between the white sheets of a singing woman,” shows the two extremes of going out on his own. He could be poor and homeless with nowhere to go but doorways o so rich that he wakes to the sound of singing. This unorderly way of describing outcomes sounds like thoughts going through a person’s mind. Going back and forth, thinking about all the possibilities of their newfound freedom. Pleasant choices get overwritten with violent ones. This odd way of describing it makes it more exciting and keeps you interested in what path he will go down. His extreme thought may seem crazy for a child, but I think it is all due to adrenaline and outlandish wonder. It shows the vastness of his world and mind. However, Cholly has to realize that any choice, good or bad, has consequences he has to live with. His choices could either keep him alive for years to come and live a joyful life or have him dead the next day. But what happens to a person when you have too many choices? An overwhelming feeling washes over you and you freak out and pick the easiest, yet lest logical answer. With a combination of too much freedom and too many decision, it is all
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