The Bluest Eye by Toni MorrisonThe Bluest Eye is Toni Morrisons first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the authors girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves garden do not bloom. Pecolas life does change- in painful, devastating ways.
What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a childs yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Tony Morrisonss most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.
The Bluest Eye
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Pages Point of View This chapter alternates between two points of view or "voices":. By giving Pauline a "voice," Morrison enables us to hear Pauline and to see through her eyes and with her perceptions. Why does Morrison do this? Do we have a greater understanding of Pauline and a greater sympathy or even more compassion for Pauline? Does she become alive and more complex for us, or does she remain only a Bad Mother and Wife?