Bluest Eye

             Throughout this passage of The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, one feels both sympathy for Claudia and also her frustration. Claudia is angry over the fact that what society excepts as beautiful is something that she can never be because she is black. Claudia releases her frustration on a doll, that is white and considered beautiful and it brings out her anger because she could never look like that.
             Morrison through her word choice conveys a sense of sadness when thinking about what Claudia is going through and also one can feel her rage as she breaks the doll apart. Claudia’s parents were “clucking” with joy, believing that they had fulfilled Claudia’s “fondest wish” and would bring her “great pleasure” but it did the exact opposite. As parents all Claudia’s parents wanted to do was to bring her happiness and give her what they thought was a beautiful doll, for Christmas. What Claudia’s parents accepted as beautiful was what society in general accepted at the time, but this only frustrated Claudia because she could never be like the doll. Claudia describes he doll as “unyielding” with “tapered fingertips” and its “bone-cold head” collides with hers in the night. The dolls limbs will not bend or move with her touch and are still and not rewarding to hold. During the night the doll does not comfort her it only provides her with pain and displeasure as she bumps into it during the night. The saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder explains how Claudia’s parents can see the doll in one way and how Claudia sees it in the opposite way, and how anyone has their own view of it.
             The authors detail expresses the rage that Claudia feels and also how one feels sorrowful for Claudia to have experience what she is going through. The doll that Claudia received was a “big blue-eyed Baby Doll” and “all the world had agreed that a blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned

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