The Bluest Eye

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The Struggle for Society’s Acceptance Be careful what you wish for. In the novel The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, a young colored girl named Pecola and her race are rejected by their community based on their physical appearance. The belief of Pecola’s time label black people ugly and different. To be beautiful, it is mandatory that one posses pale skin, yellow hair, and blue eyes. Brainwashed by society’s standards and demeaned by the white race, the black population struggles to fit the stereotypical image of perfection. Pauline Breedlove, Pecola’s mother, gets caught up in leading her fantasy life. She envisions her ideal universe filled with “beauty, order, cleanliness, and praise” (127). Mrs. Breedlove uses her job as a housemaid to surround herself in the accepted world of whites. After being suffocated by the images of this absolute world, Mrs. Breedlove strives to acquire the white’s life style. While in her employer’s house, Mrs. Breedlove role plays as the household’s main woman because this is the closest she will get to living this fairytale life. Mrs. Breedlove also shows how little she values her family by “neglect[ing] her house, her children, her man” (127). She demonstrates the strain in her mother-daughter relationship with Pecola by allowing the little white girl she looks after call her Polly. Pecola does not address her mother in this casual manner. She instead formally refers to her as Mrs. Breedlove. Mrs. Breedlove treats the little white girl as more of her child than Pecola. One day, while Mrs. Breedlove is at work, Pecola unexpectedly pays her a visit. When the little girl acknowledges Pecola and asks of Pecola’s identity, Mrs. Breedlove tells her “Don’t worry none” (109). Mrs. Breedlove dismisses Pecola’s presence as irrelevant and insignificant. She exemplifies Pecola’s unimportance and her desire to trade in her current life for her
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