• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Commentary on "The Bluest eye" by Toni Morrison

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Bluest eye - Toni Morrison Adil Baradia - DP1 COMMENTARY In the autumn section of the bluest eye, by Toni Morrison, the most intriguing passage that I have read occurs in the pages 33-34, beginning with; "Letting herself breathe easily now..." and ending with; "those pretty eyes." This passage is particularly unique in the sense that it exposes a lot about Pecola's situation at that time, her character, her feelings and emotions as well as her desires. The writer uses a number of different literary devices to convey these elements of Pecola's character. Throughout the passage there has been a conspicuous repetition of the words 'eye' , 'picture' , 'sight' and 'faces'. It seems like the writer is trying to make a connection to racism through this emphasis. ...read more.

Middle

The quote is about Pecola closing her eyes and trying to imagine each of her body parts disappearing until her eyes are left and she cannot make them disappear. I think this brings up the idea of identity and the fact that whatever or however much you do you can never escape your true identity. In the piece, it is Pecola who tries so hard to run away from who she is but there is a barricade that doesn't let her do so. The second paragraph of page 34 has had an immense effect on me during my reading. From," it had occurred to Pecola..." to "those pretty eyes." If you read this passage you will definitely notice that the writer repeats the word 'different' side by side with a positive word like 'beautiful'. ...read more.

Conclusion

talking about a few kids with blue eyes having fun with each other to show continuity from the previous paragraph. "Long hours she sat looking in the mirror, trying to discover the secret of the ugliness..." I think that this line carries a lot of irony because usually little girls spend long hours in front of the mirror admiring their beauty not despising it. This also exposes a lot about the fact that she was a victim of racism both direct and indirect as I had mentioned. To finalize the essay, I would say that the excerpt that I chose is again special to me because I am able to relate to it very personally, because obviously I as well do not fit into the description of the perfect boy. "What is the true and sincere beauty?" - is the question that has been raised in my head. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. How to write a commentary

    Evaluate the messages in terms of young children. Ask them what they think a story for young children should provide. If there is time, read a fairy story or one of the Greek myths and ask the class to compare the myth/fairy story with the children's stories. Although this lesson might appear to be wasting time it is

  2. Beloved by Toni Morrison is a vivid picture of the cruelty of slavery. ...

    The physical presence of Beloved strengthens Sethe's feeling of enslavement but this time she is a slave to her guilt. Beloved appears in the flesh the day that Paul D., Denver and Sethe go to the carnival. This is Sethe's first social outing in eighteen years and therefore a perfect

  1. Comparative Essay - Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to a Nightingale and To ...

    as the "full-grown lambs" is a way of representing the point of "vintage" and at the same time, conveying a tranquil atmosphere throughout the poem. Therefore, this poem conveys a sense of peace and composure in respect to the other twos as there is the absence of fear and no

  2. Hamlet commentary

    Shakespeare has shown Hamlet to have hatred for women as well as showing that Hamlet possesses a tendency to generalize certain things, such as the generalization of women, based on his mother's behaviour. It can be seen that Hamlet considered Gertrude to be corrupt and therefore felt immense hatred towards

  1. Representation of slavery in 'Beloved' by Toni Morrison

    Schoolteacher renders them as '..creatures God had given you the responsibility of', but the first person narrative gives the reader the opportunity to contemplate why he believed this. This quote is taken from Schoolteacher's narrative just as Sethe has murdered Beloved: - 'all testimony to the results of a little

  2. Song of Solomon: How does Toni Morrison reveal flight as a way to escape? ...

    Smith?s flight does not directly affect any other character immediately; however, the event affects a little boy named Milkman Dead indirectly nearly four years later.

  1. Frankenstein Commentary Essay

    If this rule were always observed; if no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquility of his domestic affections, Greece had not been enslaved, Caesar would have spared his country, America would have been discovered more

  2. "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison. During this passage, Claudia describes a childhood memory ...

    Because she is an adult who has been able to reflect on past events, the reader knows that what she describes aren?t only chilhood memories that are very spontaneous and emphasized by childlike naivety. The use of first person narrative helps us to understand a particular aspect of the character

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work