The Bluest Eye

Length: 2 Pages 583 Words

Beauty is something that a lot of people in life strive for, because everyone has fitted in their mind what exactly beauty is. People know that it can help you out in life. But what most people don’t know is that, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Meaning that beauty should not be characterized by what people are told it is, beauty is different for everyone, what is beautiful for you may be ugly to someone else. The characters in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye are confronted with the ideal of beauty and strive for it whether they know it or not. The two characters that I think were followed the ideal of beauty in Toni Morison’s story are Pauline and Pecola. In Toni Morrison’s story and in real life, beauty is described by people as having blond hair, blue eyes , perfect figure, etc. It’s been said that if you have good looks, you can ma Continue...

After trying so hard to become beautiful and things going bad the harder she tried, she just gave up. As is the case in Toni Morrison's story. Pecola, being a child, did not know that her wish was just not possible. The characters in her story think that they are ugly, by others opinions of them, and want to become beautiful so they will be recognized and be the center of attention. So she thought if she had blue eyes, things would be different and she would be recognized and become beautiful. Although Pecola never really got blue eyes, she thought she did and it was enough to fulfill her needs. People only strive for becoming beautiful because they want attention. I don't believe I ever did get over that (123). Pauline seemed to have just worse case of bad luck, when she was a child she stepped on a nail and she was left with a limp forever. Pauline gave up on her quest to become beautiful, the harder she tired the worse things got. I had good teeth, not a rotten one in my head. But she was a kid and didn't know any better.