The Theme Of Sexualism In The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

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African American community often sets the standard for how African Americans expect each other to be like. When faced with someone who doesn’t meet those standards, they are seen as outcast and shame is placed upon them. In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Pauline and Pecola Breedlove both create their own respective fantasy world where they have the life they always wished for, Cholly Breedlove is an alcoholic who rapes his own daughter, and Sammy Breedlove, the least talked about among the four, is influenced by his family’s violent nature. The Breedlove family are prime example of what not to be and become the community’s rejects. Morrison covers a wide range of topics that are present within the African American community. She uses the Breedlove’s …show more content…
Cholly, in his younger years, was caught losing his virginity to Darlene. He was embarrassed due to the white men watching over him as he and Darlene were busy. He hated the thought of someone catching him in a situation like that. At that time he turned his angry onto the Darlene as he grew up, his anger was transferred to Pauline. Pauline, on the other hand, knows that she is better than Cholly, she finds pride in knowing that she’s more religious and more successful than Cholly. She finds power in that. She does anything in order to assert her power over Cholly. Neither one of them want to be secondary to the other. This constant power struggle influences their entire family. The influence of Pauline and Cholly fighting in order to gain dominance over the other can be seen in Sammy, especially when he chants for them to kill each other. Pecola, the youngest of the Breedloves, seems to be the scapegoat for all the abuse in the household. Pauline, who is supposed to be Pecola’s mother, treats the white child she works with more like her child than Pecola. Pecola is forced to refer to her mom as Mrs. Breedlove while the white child gets to refer to her as Polly. This shows the distant relationship between Pecola and her mother. When Pecola drops the pie Pauline made, Pauline is quick to yell and hit her. It can be believed that Pecola name is used to down play …show more content…
Breedlove learned to devalue herself through commercialized fantasies and is teaching her daughter a similar sense of unworthiness. Alice Walker quotes an article from The Black Scholar which calls this "psychic annihilation," letting "whites turn blacks on themselves." Ineluctably, the implications of Pecola 's name work themselves out in her stunted imitation of a life. Acting on her conviction that her teachers ignore her, her schoolmates despise her, and her parents quarrel because she is ugly, she decides to transform herself. (7)
Pecola learns her low self-esteem from her mother. Her name set her fault long before Pecola had a chance to make a way for herself. Cholly is not a father of the year candidate as well. Her father commits the ultimate crime of raping and impregnating her daughter. His lack of care is shown when he drapes her body with a blanket and run away. Pauline and Cholly’s neglectful parenting and fighting leads one to believe that they are almost competing to be the worse

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