Analysis of Toni Morrison's

             Toni Morrison's premier novel, The Bluest Eye, is a tale of one girl's battle against herself and the society surrounding her. The author tells the story of young Pecola Breedlove growing up with a vast amount of hatred around her in order to display the impact society has on people. Society pressures the ugly to be beautiful, and a little black girl to pray nightly for two bright, blue eyes to replace the dullness of her own brown ones.
             The blue eyes Pecola dream for obviously represents her wish to be white. Blue eyes are associated with beauty and only the fair-skinned can obtain this eye color. Being a black girl in the 1940's is an automatic shun in society when this books takes place. Not to mention the Breedlove family consists of Pecola's father Cholly Breedlove (whom eventually rapes and impregnates her), an unloving mother named Pauline, and a juvenile delinquent brother named Sammy. Pecola's family is part of the reason she becomes a social outcast, even though the poor girl has actually never done one thing against her little town. Morrison shows the way the general public can be bias towards an individual they may have never even talked to just because of family issues, their race, or their level of attractiveness. These reasons cause Pecola to live in dissatisfaction of herself. For instance, on her way to the store to buy some candy Pecola admires some dandelions, "Why, she wonders, do people call them weeds? She thought they were pretty" (Morrison 47). At this point, Pecola identifies with the yellow-headed flowers, because herself is considered a "weed" to other people. With thoughts of dandelions in mind, Pecola enters the penny store only to be treated as she is some sort of animal. "She looks up at him to see the vacuum where curiosity out to lodge. And something more. The total absence of human recognition...she has seen it lurki

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