Summary Of The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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Toni Morrison expresses ideas of intersectionality, discrimination, and self-hatred/acceptance through multiple perspectives in her book, “The Bluest Eye”. The book follows a young girl, Pecola Breedlove throughout her journey of self-hatred and longing for the cultural beauty of having blue eyes. Pecola believes that having blue eyes would allow her to lead a better life, as blue eyes match society’s definition of beautiful because of its connection with “whiteness”. This yearning for acceptance and physical beauty isolates Pecola, as she begins to believe that the inferiority and hate that is being reflected back at her, is who she is. Coupled with the background of her parents, this leaves Pecola with a great deal of shame and self-loathing, which eventually leads to her own tragic end. In comparison, the book also tells the story of Claudia MacTeer through the role of a narrator. Claudia, although also from a poor, African American family, is quite the opposite of Pecola. Claudia recognizes her worth and therefore has no longing to physically look like someone else, giving her a certain strength that Pecola lacks. The dynamic between these two characters is one of great complexity. While they share so many similarities, Claudia and Pecola are two separate people that can only be understood through their different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. Pecola Breedlove can arguably be named the main character in “The Bluest Eye” as the many different perspectives
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