Pride And Inferiority In The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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The pressure to conform to beauty standards that don't resemble yourself lead to feelings of shame and inferiority. In The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison she writes in chapters naming them each season of the year. In this chapter she talks about the season Winter. There is a new girl introduced at school named Maureen Peal who is a light-skinned, wealthy black girl who the whole school loves. Claudia and Freida dislike her and the attention she receives from everyone so they search for flaws in her to make themselves feel better. They are relieved to discover that she has a dog tooth and stumps where her sixth fingers were removed. “They were small triumphs, but we took what we could get-snickering behind her back and calling her Six-finger-dog-tooth-meringue-pie”(Morrison …show more content…
She faces discrimination against her own kind which feeds to the idea that Pecola isn’t good enough and or pretty enough. “Get out, she said, her voice quiet. You nasty little black bitch. Get out of my house.”(Morrison 92) Geraldine had grew anger towards Pecola for believing she is the reason the cat has died but in reality it was her own son. Junior felt neglected from his mother believing all her affection was towards the cat so he despised the cat and would do anything to get rid of it. Pecola faces cruel punishment for something she did not …show more content…
Growing up as a black girl in society of a racist time period Pecola felt the will power to ask for the one thing everyone idolized, which was blue eyes. "Here was an ugly little girl asking for beauty. A surge of love and understanding swept through him, but was quickly replaced by anger. Anger that he was powerless to help her. Of all the wishes people had brought him - money, love, revenge - this seemed to him the most poignant and the one most deserving of fulfillment. A little black girl who wanted to rise up out of the pit of her blackness and see the world with blue eyes." (Morrison 174). Pecola's mentality was if she had blue eyes all of her troubled problems would go away and she would be seen as Beautiful from others and beautiful things would happen to

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