Critical Book Review "The Bluest Eye" Book Review

Critical Book Review "The Bluest Eye"
A critical review of "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison.
# 151952 | 823 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Oct 31, 2012 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper presents a review and analysis of Toni Morrison's disturbing novel, "The Bluest Eye." First, the paper describes the circumstances under which the protagonist, Pecola, developed such low-self esteem and escapes into a fantasy world. Then, the paper notes the difficulties of being African-American during the time following the Depression and its impact on a young girl, who is also experiencing an unstable family situation. Next, the paper touches on the other characters in the novel and their role and influence on Pecola. Additionally, the paper highlights how the novel got its title, noting the abusive relationship Pecola had with an adult male in her life. The paper concludes with the reviewer's personal reflections on the novel.

From the Paper:

"Pecola's mother, Pauline Breedlove, "considered herself and upright and Christian woman, burdened with a no-count man, whom God wanted her to punish", and thrived on the dysfunction of her marriage (42). Mrs. Breedlove worked and provided her family what her alcoholic husband did not. She became the housekeeper for a rich white family, who gave her the loving nickname, "Polly". Pecola painfully witnessed her mother, whom she and her brother called "Mrs. Breedlove", being called "Polly". She stared in disbelief as her mother ravished the blonde-haired, white child she was paid to care for with love and affection; the same affection she had longed for her entire life. Her mother took pride in keeping the Fisher's home immaculate, while allowing her own children to live in filth.
"ChollyBreelove, having been disregarded by his father and abandoned by his mother at four days old, was never able to escape the pain of his past. After the funeral of his Aunt Jimmy who raised him, he was humiliated by a white man while experiencing his first sexual encounter. Cholly blamed the young girl he was having relations with for this humiliation, causing him to develop a deep hatred for her, which he carried forever..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Morrison, Toni. "The Bluest Eye." New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.

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