We thought, at the time, that it was because Pecola was having her father's baby that the marigolds did not grow. As a result of this disfunction, what ultimately happened? She finds them quite pretty and begins to think beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The novel is set in a Midwestern industrial town, Lorain, Ohio, Morrison's own birthplace. Claudia hates Shirley Temple not because she was cute, but because she danced with Bojangles when he should have been spending time with her. After being enlightened did it change? No, I was not surprised how Mrs. She sees her along with the other prostitutes as nice, caring women, partially because of her innocence which protects her from their truths. Morrison combining whiteness and humans creates a racial tension seen in reality and in society.
Emasculated and lost in a foreign city, with no family to support him, Cholly runs down to the Ocmulgee River and hides under a dock. All of the bad things that have happened to her have led her to go crazy and truly believe that she has blue eyes and that every one else is jealous of her when in actuality they are glaring with disgust at her. Claudia is yet another candidate for the most sympathetic character, simply because we experience so much of the story from her point of view and she is the one who helps us makes sense of it all. GradeSaver, 13 April 2000 Web. Jeff, Meg, Allie, Kati Summer As the summer rolls around in what lucrative venture, ironically speaking, do we find Frieda and Claudia engaged? What traumatic incident shocked Pauline shortly after she met Cholly? Discuss the symbolism associated with Shirley Temple in the novel.
Life there is not the American norm. Cite specific instances from the text to support your statements. One of the cornerstones of our modern society is the value of human beings along racial nines; the most prominent that people would see during that time period is that blackness is despised and so are the features that go along with it. What was Cholly's childhood like? What was the one thing that Pauline taught her children? Describe the history behind the Breedlove's house? Maureen accused Pecola of having seen her dad naked and this led to the downfall of the entire conversation. We were disgusted by the way the women were speaking of the child. Support your answer with examples from the text.
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. They allowed for Pectoral to become the scapegoat for her ancestral pregnancy, because black society took up white ideals for beauty at the expense for others. The reality of his situation is overwhelming to him. Why was Claudia so angry when hearing the little white girl refer to Mrs. Were the girls used to their mother's reaction? Morrison uses Maureen to set up the hierarchy of white beauty to black beauty and to ugliness in the relation to physical attributes. Discuss the narrative structure of the novel. How did the speaker feel about dolls? Create a two minute monologue taken from pages 97-100 which expresses all of the thoughts of the character in relation to how she felt about herself in respect to what she saw on the screen.
Is she treated worse by one of these characters than the other? Can you relate to her anger? She immediately assumed that Pecola didn't belong in her house or anywhere near her neighborhood and that Pecola had no purpose to live. Read bottom of 91-92 8. The effect is like speeding up film of a slow process? How does racial self-loathing corrode the lives of Pecola and her parents, Cholly and Pauline Breedlove? Henry was anxious to get the girls out of the house when they come home one day because he has China and Maginot Line two prostitutes upstairs. He feels it is a natural impulse which he carries out. Were you surprised or not? Pauline and Cholly Breedlove are transplanted Southerners and several key scenes in the novel are set in the South. It's important for the reader to get a good view of her life because then we can see how even being in an upper-class family, it can be unfulfilling.
They wanted to be accepted. How did Frieda and Claudia feel towards Maureen? How did he end up in Lorain? Frieda and Claudia want to be like her, but they also hate her because they're jealous. Nonetheless, in the ubiquitous Dick and Jane series there was never a nod, much less full inclusion, in a single paragraph about or illustration of any kind of family but the one described above. Explain why Claudia hates Shirley Temple. At the same time, she is comparatively more confident and secure than Pecola, so she can articulate things that Pecola cannot. How did the children cope with the stressful situations at home? They just don't live together, or if they do, they are a dysfunctional unit that eventually falls apart. Aunt Jimmy was the only thing connecting him to where he lived, but now that she was dead, there was nothing left to keep him connected.
But in this particular novel, Morrison has attempted to examine the forces that can make the oppressed take part in their own oppression? The truly horrifying thing was the transference of the same impulse to little white girls. Pauline and other black women at the time, by trying to conform to white beauty has destructive qualities then on their communities, in the novel and during this time period. But to some degree, Pecola remains a shadowy, mysterious character—we are not given as much insight into how she thinks and feels as we are into other characters, who may therefore receive the greater share of our sympathy. What analogy did Soaphead use in his letter? White Baby Dolls Sisters Claudia and Freida MacTeer become foster sisters to the protagonist Pecola Breedlove when their mother agrees to take in the homeless girl. Compare Pecola's character to Claudia's. He was forced to be independent, and he made his decisions from that. To whom did Soaphead address his letter, and why do you suppose he wrote to this particular person? Racism and the need for acceptance affects and dwells within every one of us, where we can all see in society, even decades after this novel was written, a Pectoral Overlooked, a Claudia, a Maureen Peel, or a Geraldine.
Then he killed the cat and it was awful. While advances in civil rights and racial attitudes have been made in the intervening years, it is arguable that many of the core issues so vividly evoked in the novel remain. The Bluest Eye uses multiple narrators, including Claudia as a child, Claudia as an adult, and an omniscient narrator. Morrison began Pecola's story as a short piece in1962; it became a novel-in-progress by 1965. Describe the incident which took place at the picnic. In order to become the most beautiful person, Pectoral must have blue eyes. How did the new sofa become so well suited to the Breedlove's house? Miss Poland is one of the three whores that live in the apartment above the Breedloves storefront.