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Character of Picola Breedlove in The Bluest Eye.

by touhidsm, May 11, 2014

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Answer: The Bluest Eye, written by Toni Morrison is a very noteworthy work in English Literature. However, a tragic character is a creative art suffers from a tragic flaw. In a modern tragedy the tragic protagonist may suffer from the reason he or she is not responsible. In “The Bluest Eye”, Tony Morrison presents a more complicated portrayal of racism of an African American girl called Pecola Breedlove who suffers actually because of her color, appearance, and family origin. Needless to mention her suffering are psychological rather than physical which in a particular socio-historical context, she was not responsible. After the abolition of the enslavement of the black by Abraham Lincoln in the American Parliament, although the white can no longer torture them physically, they find out a cruel way to inflict them mentally. And this novel is the best example of it.

Pecola Breedlove is the scapegoat of society where the white want to tread down the existence of the black in the 1900's establishing the fact that whiteness is the only object of worship and ugliness is a matter of despise and disgust. Here it is astonishing to find that how racism can ruin a person’s life.

Pecola is a little girl of eleven who expects parental love and affection but she is treated rudely even by her own parents because of her ugly appearance since her parents believe in the white standards of beauty. So in the place of receiving love, she is rewarded with hatred and is told from the day she was born that she has been ugly. Here we found a cruel picture of the United States of 1900's where love and affection, family values, relationship between father and daughter; everything is destroyed because of racial issues. >> Read the full answer at


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