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Discuss about the Themes and Symbols of The Bluest Eye.

by touhidsm, May 12, 2014

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Answer: Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye is definitely a masterpiece in English Literature. Here in this writing, Toni Morrison has included some of important themes and symbols which make the writing more prominent. In Toni Morrison’s, The Bluest Eye, theme, symbols and characterization contribute to the formation of the novel. The novel further shows the way white beauty can easily be degrading to young black girls and women. The novel is ironic due to the seasons and showing an opposite expectation of them. In addition, The Bluest Eye depicts on how family life and childhood can have a great effect on a person’s life.

The theme of beauty plays a great part in the development of the characters and the novel. Throughout the novel, the reader views Pecola worshiping the beautiful white icons of the 1940’s. Pecola also goes as far as drinking three quarts of milk just so she can use the cup with Shirley Temple’s picture on it. Pecolas mother, Pauline also seems to worship the white icons. Pauline visits the movies dues to loneliness and buys into the fantasy world she views in movies. She even wears her hair like the white actress, Jean Harlow. By the end of the story, like the title of the novel The Bluest Eye, Pecola comes to believe that she actually has blue eyes and her delusion shows how white society can affect a young black girl. The theme of sex is also portrayed greatly in the novel. Most of the major male characters of this novel have a sexual desire for young girls, including Cholly Breedlove, Mr.Henry, and Soaphead Church. The girls in the novel are victims. The young girls of the book do not experience their youth as any other young girl would. They are raped and sexually violated. We had dropped our seeds in our own little plot of black dirt just as Pecola’s father had dropped his seeds in his own plot of black dirt. Read the full answer at >>


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