She is eleven years old black girl who is trying to conquer her self-hatred. Every day she faces racism, not just from white people but also from her own race. Pecola believes that her ugliness bring her miserable "long hours she sat looking in the mirror, trying to discover the secret of the ugliness. The ugliness that made her ignore or despised at school by teachers and classmates alike" (The Bluest Eye p.45). Pecola is very lonely and ordinary black girl and the most important reason for her desire for blue eyes is that she wants to treated differently from her family and friends.
The point of view switches between the perspective of Claudia MacTeer, as a child and as an adult, and a third-person omniscient viewpoint. Because of the controversial nature of the book, which deals with racism, incest, and child molestation, there have been numerous attempts to ban it from schools and libraries. Characters Pecola Breedlove: The focal character and possible protagonist of the novel. A poor black girl, she believes that she is ugly because she and her community base
Swine &Das observe in “The Alienated Self; Searching for Space in Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Sula” anthologized in Modern American Literature that ”This novel probes deeper into the black woman’s psychic dilemmas, oppressions and tribulations as symbolized by the tragic life of Pecola literally affected by the dominant culture’s beauty standards(Swain and Das89). Pecola, like her mother, equated and standardized beauty with white. Both are haunted by this inferiority complex and self-hatred. Cultural hegemony distorts the true nature of values so that it dominates the subordinate class to believe that they are inferior and the dominating class is the superior; as such, here white is believed to symbolize beauty and black is to symbolize ugliness. Pecola stands for binary opposition ugliness, unworthiness, invisibility and lack of self-esteem.
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.
She is eleven years old black girl who is trying to conquer her self-hatred. Every day she faces racism, not just from white people but also from her own race. Pecola believes that her ugliness bring her miserable "long hours she sat looking in the mirror, trying to discover the secret of the ugliness. The ugliness that made her ignore or despised at school by teachers and classmates alike" (The Bluest Eye p.45). Pecola is very lonely and a shunned girl and the most important reason for her desire for blue eyes is that she wants to treated differently from her family.
The Help is a story about the complicated relationships between African American domestic servants and the white women who employed them. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in a pre civil rights era, the story casts light on the racial discrimination faced by the help. Wondering what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes, Stockett decided to present the story in the voice of black women. The story is narrated by three women .Two of them are black maids working for ladies of the upper class society, and Miss Skeeter, the third one is a white woman aspiring to be a writer. Skeeter has been brought up by black maids since her childhood and longs to find out why her much loved maid, Constantine has disappeared.
It is a novel of initiation concerning a victimized adolescent Black girl Pecola Breedlove, who is obsessed by the White standard of beauty and longing fora pair of blue eyes. Why does she long for blue eyes? Because she thinks that getting blue eyes means to become beautiful, to get rid of all miseries of life, which she has suffered. Though she is raped by her father and becomes pregnant, but still she is fond of blue eyes. She longs for blue eyes not only to achieve White Aesthetics of beauty but also wants to achieve equal right in society that is nothing but normal life of “human beings” (Reetika, Abhishek 388).
This can be clearly seen by Claude, “Frieda and she had a loving conversation about how cu-ute Shirley Temple was. I couldn’t join them in their adoration because I hated Shirley” (Morrison, 13). The hatred shown towards Shirley Temple only further proves the jealousy that both the characters Claudia and Pecola have towards the caucasian and blue eyed people. The idealization of being a white-skinned girl with blue eyes would not have changed if the setting were to be in Europe as Hitler had those in favor if they fulfilled his beauty standards. However, even though there was not an ideal person, there was an ideal character which was presented by Hitler.
Later, very unlikely to her character, Emma goes so far as to claim she is in love with Frank Churchill. ‘I certainly must [be in love with Frank],’ said she. ‘This sensation of listlessness, weariness, stupidity, this disinclination to sit down and employ myself, this feeling of every thing’s being dull and insipid about the house!—I must be in love; I should be the oddest creature in the world if I were not’” (314). Although it might seem as if Emma developed genuine feelings towards Frank, Hoffman observes that Emma’s detached sense of her own emotions, her analytical presentation of her thoughts and feelings to herself, makes herself the object of affection and not
Destructive Nature of Racialised Beauty Toni Morrison published her first book, The Bluest Eye, in 1970. In this novel, Toni Morrison shows how societies racist and false beliefs on beauty can be seriously destructive if believed and taken to heart. Toni Morrison displays the destructive nature of racialised beauty through the character in the novel named Pecola Breedlove. Pecola lacks self esteem and believes that she is the blackest and ugliest girl, and she believes that white is the only beautiful race. Morrison challenges Western standards of beauty and demonstrates that the idea of beauty is socially constructed.