In the Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison uses abuse and hardship to show the tragic consequences that come from racism. In the videos we had seen in class showed how the .
blacks were treated horribly. The white people were superior. The Bluest Eye shows .
ways in which white beauty standards hurt the lives of black girls and women. From the movies we saw the .
South had millions of slaves. Slaves would usually work nonstop from sunrise to sunset. They didn't get .
much to eat and wore the same clothes. If a slave didn't do exactly what they were to do, they would be .
beaten, whipped, and sometimes killed. Toni Morrison describes the conditions under which .
African-Americans in general and Pecola in particular are forced to live.
The characters in the Bluest Eye are faced both directly and .
indirectly by racism. The characters are issued to internal values that create their own .
set of discrimination within families and the neighborhood. Three characters from The .
Bluest Eye that I will be describing are Pecola , Claudia and Pauline. .
Pecola Breedlove is an eleven year old black girl. She is a figure of the hate that the .
black community has for itself and how they believe they are ugly. Pecola is hated and picked on because she .
is black, she gets made fun of really bad because her skin is a lot darker than most black people. Pecola is just .
a child, she is delicate and weak as we see in the beginning of the book. Throughout the book she deals with .
many hardships and suffers much abuse from the people around her. Others take out their anger on little .
Pecola. Pecola feels unloved and the only way she feels she could be loved is by being beautiful. Pecola thinks .
that if she has blue eyes, she would be beautiful and then everyone would love her. She wishes she could be .
like Shirley Temple who she feels everyone loves. Seeing the world through blue eyes would be different, .
Pecola believed, and then she would be seen differently.