Character Analysis: Mrs. Breedlove

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For most people the first thing you look at when you meet someone for the first time is their face. When Ms. Breedlove first saw Cholly that’s exactly what she looked at according to the book on page 114;“He came big, he came strong, he came with yellow eyes, flaring nostrils, and he came with his own music”. When the author said Cholly had came with his own music she meant that he seemed confident and free. It was unusual to see a young black man who was confident and free especially if they were living in a world that was against them. This attracted Mrs. Breedlove and it didn’t take a long time for her to fall in love with him. However, over time Cholly didn’t seem so confident and free. On page 38 it says “Cholly, whose ugliness (the result …show more content…
In a society where the man took care of his family it is pathetic to have to steal money from your wife but Cholly did just that “he taken three dollars out of my pocketbook that morning or something”( pg 129) Cholly’s actions reveal to the reader that even though he wants to think he is a free man and he could do what he wants in reality he is very dependent, especially on Pauline. Not only is Cholly dependent but he is selfish “Cholly knew it was wrong to run on a pregnant girl, and recalled , with sympathy,that his father had done just that.” (pg 151) Cholly doesn’t take the time to realize how the baby will feel the same way he felt when his father left him, which was unloved. he only cares about himself and his needs. Cholly is also impulsive “that old Dog Breedlove had burned up his house, upside his wife’s head, and everybody, as a result, was outdoors” (pg 17). Cholly cannot control his emotions and lets his angry thoughts control him causing him to put him and his family outdoors.Cholly impulsiveness becomes even worst when he does the unthinkable,“The confused mixture of his memories of Pauline and the doing of a wild and forbidden thing excited him, and a bolt of desire ran down his genitals, giving it length, and softening the lips of his anus” (pg 162). Cholly isn’t able to control his sexual desires and that causes him to rape his own daughter something unforgivable, something that will leave a hole in Pecola’s heart and something she’ll have to live with for the rest of her

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