The Bluest Eye is a novel by Toni Morrison that was first published in 1970. It is a complex, 20th-century narrative exploring, how perceptions of beauty determine an individual's sense of self-worth and capacity for self-love. As events unfold in the life of the novel’s protagonist, Pecola Breedlove, Morrison demonstrates that social constructs around beauty disempower and corrupt individuals, especially those who live on the margins of society. 


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See a complete list of the characters in The Bluest Eye and in-depth analyses of Pecola Breedlove, Claudia MacTeer, Cholly Breedlove, and Pauline Breedlove.

Literary Devices

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Further Study

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