Personal Response to The Bluest Eye Essay

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Personal Response to The Bluest Eye

Dear God:

Do you know what she came for? Blue eyes. New, blue eyes, She said. Like she was buying shoes. "I'd like a pair of new blue eyes." Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Pecola thought that if she had blue eyes she would become beautiful and her parents would stop fighting. She was just one of the many who believed that having blue eyes would make her and everything around her beautiful, only to end up with self-hatred and self-mutilation. Today the more sophisticated and affluent among us use plastic surgery to fix thick lips and wide noses. No longer do we have to suffer with Negroid crinkles, contours and curves. But oh, those tell-tale eyes.

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Everybody in the world was in a position to give them orders. White women said, "Do this." White children said, "Give me that." White men said "Come here." Black men said, "Lay down." The only people they need not take orders from were black children and each other.

&nbnsp; This passage sent me to the core of my childhood and allowed me to view with a better understanding the conflicts that my mother endured, being a woman, mother and a wife. My mother always said that one of her greatest frustrations with me was my mouth. She would tell me to do something and I would ask her: Why? Because of this, I was whipped often. Her exact words while whipping me were, "I can't take it from that witch and her family at work and come home to your mouth as well." Just like Pauline my mother had worked in a home taking care of a white family here in America. I always wondered why she would whip me for asking questions, as she herself was someone who asked questions and spoke her mind quite often to her friends and family. What I did not know was that my mother never spoke her mind in front of her boss for fear of losing the paycheck that helped to provide for her family. What I also did not know was it was a precept of the times that women's voices should not be heard. I now understand that her home was her only podium, where she could express herself

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