The Bluest Eye - in Search of Beauty and Love Essay

1084 Words Oct 4th, 2012 5 Pages
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, depicts characters desperately seeking to attain love through a predetermined standard of beauty established and substantiated by society. Morrison intertwines the histories of several characters portraying the delusions of the ‘perfect’ family and what motivates their quest for love and beauty. Ultimately, this pursuit for love and beauty has overwhelming effects on their relationships and their identity. Pecola Breedlove is young black girl who believes she is ugly and longs for blue eyes. She believes the blue eyes that she adores on Shirley Temple are central to attaining beauty which will bring love and joy to her life. She believes this beauty and love will end the incessant fighting between …show more content…
Through movies, she begins to form her opinion of what beauty is and she goes about seeking this 'Hollywood' beauty by imitating white actresses. "She was never able, after her education in the movies, to look at a face and not assign it some category in the scale of absolute beauty, and the scale was one she absorbed in full from the silver screen." (Morrison, p. 122) On one trip to the movies, she does her hair like Jean Harlow but loses one of her teeth while eating a piece of candy that she treated herself to that evening. Distraught from having lost her tooth and no longer looking beautiful, she "didn't care no more after that." (Morrison, p. 123) She gives birth to her and Cholly's daughter, Pecola, and one of her first thoughts about Pecola is that she is ugly. Pauline goes back to work after having Pecola for a rich white family. She becomes obsessed with the family she works for and begins to fantasize about her role within the white family and treats their child as her own. This fantasy takes her further away from the people she should care for - her own family. "Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe. There is no gift for the beloved. The lover alone possesses his gift of love. The loved one is shorn, neutralized, frozen in the glare of the

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