On the balcony above the door, Marie the Maginot Line is having a drink of root-beer. Is there only punishment and disapproval or is there some other feeling or feelings? As far as we know, Soaphead Church is the only mortal being to whom Pecola has revealed her wish, and his emotional reaction is admiration. Using similes and metaphors, Morrison introduces certain characters in this novel by relating them to elements of nature, plants, or animals. He despises Darlene because his inability to protect her destroys his sense of his own masculinity. Geraldine has explained to her son that there is a difference between colored people and niggers, and that their family belongs to the first category.
Although Frieda and Claudia attempt to make a difference, there is nothing they can do to make their flowers grow. They, in turn, despise the community right back. There is a kitchen in the back and no bath facilities except for a toilet bowl. The passage is lyrical and fully sensory imagery, describing the routines of housekeeping and church-going respectability with a certain degree of beauty, but the marriages of these women are also described in terms of social arrangements rather than love. What is the effect of her mother's singing on Claudia? Unlike Pectoral, who is called ugly and made fun of, Maureen is treated well at school: She enchanted the entire school. MacTeer says the extra money will help her. Claudia is fiercely jealous of the little white girls who draw affection and admiration from black adults more readily than any black girl can.
Now, with the flowers and the baby dead, only Pecola and the barren earth are left. Their house is spacious but old, drafty, and infested with rodents. If so, you know it is a complicated, beautiful text that deals with important themes like race, sex, beauty standards, and the power of story. He is a pedophile who loves to touch little girls. How is Pecola regarded at school? This type of dirty, poorly dressed black is exactly what Geraldine despises most.
But since why is difficult to handled, one must take refuge in how. How do their yearning and their terror relate to the primer? How do they relate to the image presented in the primer? When Claudia reaches out for it, Mr. So these representations of idealized white life, even when they can no longer be read in a normal way, hammer the reader in the same way that they hammer Pecola. Bits of this Dick and Jane story are used to name the sections of the novel about Pecola and her family; these are also the same sections not narrated by Claudia MacTeer. In hindsight, she also remembers the constant, implicit presence of love.
Henry, greets them and gives them money to go buy ice cream. Is there a suggestion of some trouble later even with the kindly Mr. Colored people have standards of behavior more in line with white bourgeois sensabilities, or, as Geraldine would put it, colored people are clean and quiet and niggers are dirty and loud. What need does their relationship fill for Cholly? Are other children an adequate source of information? One Saturday afternoon, Pecola, Frieda, and Claudia are outside on the house's stoop trying to avoid Mrs. Could Claudia know the histories and feelings of Mr. Pecola is a shy and unassuming girl, a year older than Frieda but perhaps slower and less mature than the MacTeer sisters, grateful for whatever kindness Claudia and Frieda give her. MacTeer and sitting bored on the steps when Pecola begins bleeding from between her legs.
MacTeer into a rage against Miss. He rents from an old woman with a nasty, aging dog named Bob. What voices and points of view are used, and how do they affect our understanding of the story? What evidence is there that racial self-hatred continues to ruin lives? Pecola and the MacTeers leave the house in shame, laundry bag in tow, and as they leave they can hear Mrs. Though Claudia speaks of why she cannot figure out why people love white lolls and people like Shirley Temple, but only because she is taught it. Claudia, allowing herself to use her more grown-up voice, says that the insult has power because the boys and Pecola have a contempt for their own race and have learned self-hatred. The first time the text appears with full punctuation and normal spacing.
Analysis: The beginning of the section describes a certain class of black women and also alludes to the phenomenon of black migration from Southern town to places like Lorain. The cat falls onto the radiator, dead. The worst insult the black boys can think of is to call Pecola black. The narrative then moves to the current story-line. When students have literary discussions, they can learn from one another and practice looking back at the text to find evidence to support their various theories.
Now, she literally sees herself in the most twisted and tragic way possible. Breedlove who the black girls were, Mrs. Pecola is the most obvious candidate for our sympathy, because she undergoes a shocking amount of abuse. Initially, the event is marked by misunderstanding and violence, as Rosemary screams out in self-righteous disgust and Mrs. Pages 38-44 What is the relationship between the quotation from the children's primer and the Breedlove family and their home? By making the penny disappear, Mr.