PASSAGE ANALYSIS - 'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison

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PASSAGE ANALYSIS starts Pg 33 “Try as she might...” ends “long, long time” Pg 35.

This passage is from the novel titled “The Bluest Eye”, by Toni Morrison. It is from the opening section of the book called “summer”. The passage depicts the hated lifestyle of a poor black girl who yearns intensely for beauty. She believes herself ugly and unworthy of love and respect, but is convinced that her life would be magically transformed if she possessed blue eyes. Racial self-loathing has corroded the life of Pecola, by making her believe she is inferior compared to the white population. Furthermore, she hides herself and bases every action of her life relating to her skin tone: “And Pecola. She hid behind hers. Concealed, veiled, eclipsed- peeping out from behind the shroud very seldom.”(29) She therefore bases her life on her perceived ugliness.

  Abandonment emerges the key theme that dominates this passage. From every aspect of life, Pecola has been the biggest victim of abandonment, be it by the society, her teachers, and school mates and even by her very own parents. Sammy abandons Pecola to deal with the stressful situations at home by herself, her parents fight all day never realizing the effect it creates on her. Parental neglection further abandons the girl.

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  Pecola wishes vehemently she could disappear but her eyes never gave her the permission to evaporate and in them remains all the pictures and memories: “Try as she might she could never get her eyes to disappear.” (33) Her eyes vanishing don’t necessarily mean her absolving herself from the problems at home. She knows that she is still going to be seen by the world, and even in reality the look of the other always influences one on how they feel about themselves. As for pecola the center of being accepted means having blue eyes.

  The passage establishes ...

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