The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

coverThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is a canonical text. It is set in Lorain, Ohio after the Great Depression and narrates  the story of Pecola Breedlove , who wants blue eyes to conform to the notion of white beauty. There are two narrators: Claudia MacTeer, whose family takes in Pecola as a foster child, and the third person narrator who traces the history of Pecola, and the lives of her parents when they were young, Pauline (Polly) and Charles (Cholly) Breedlove. The main issues among many are racism, perception of beauty, class conflicts, incest, seasons, and narration. vision, seeing,a nd being perceived are other motifs, including the standards of cleanliness and dirtiness. The text uses uses a Dick-and-Jane narrative throughout the novel.

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