Led by Frieda, the MacTeer sisters stand up to the boys and get them to leave Pecola alone. What is the effect of their attitude on the children? The Bluest Eye Summary And Analysis of Prologue and Autumn The Bluest Eye by Tony Morrison Summary and Analysis of and Autumn The Bluest Eye opens with two short untitled and unnumbered sections. MacTeer and sitting bored on the steps when Pecola begins bleeding from between her legs. School has started, and the sisters are expected to help gather coal that has fallen out of the railroad cars. Invited into house after house, listening in on the conversations of adults, they piece together what has happened to Pecola. In her generation, one possible line for the family tree comes to an end, and Sammy runs away from home and into an uncertain future.
Born and raised in Georgia, Cholly is abandoned by his mother when four days old, and taken in by his Great Aunt Jimmy. Morrison combining whiteness and humans creates a racial tension seen in reality and in society. MacTeer a loving or caring mother? Their poor treatment of the whore seems a comment on their youth more than malice, although it cannot go unnoted that in a novel about the pain of being an outcast, Frieda treats Marie very poorly. On a Saturday in spring, Claudia goes inside and finds Frieda crying. Could Claudia know the histories and feelings of Mr. Henry made sexual advances at Frieda, who ran to tell her parents.
How does Morrison set up comparisons between a Northern black community and the Southern black way of life? Cholly and Pauline have a symbiotic relationship. The novel begins with autumn and ends with spring. How and why does her attitude toward the dandelions another nature image change? This friend is a second personality, manufactured by Pecola in her madness. The moment with the doctors is crucial, and is yet another scene in which we can study the gaze and how it functions. By associating Claudia and Frieda with Greta Garbo and Ginger Roberts, who were white actresses, Mr. This section, like the sections on Pauline and Cholly, shows a preoccupation with geneology and ancestry.
Do not simply summarize the text. What does this situation reveal about security and stability in the black community? © Copyright 2003 by Toni Morrison. During her stay, Pecola obsessively drinks milk from a Shirley Temple cup owned by the MacTeers. Why does Morrison quote the passage from the reader without punctuation? That night, while the girls lie in bed, Pecola is awestruck because she has been told that the bleeding means she is now able to have a baby. After lashing Frieda, she grabs Pecola to punish her the same way, but when she does, the pad falls from between Pecola's legs. Discussions help students understand characters, plot and themes more deeply, and allow them to explore ideas about books without the pressure that sometimes comes with writing an essay or paper.
Over the years the house has been a pizza joint, a Hungarian bakery, a real estate office, and a place where gypsies lived. The space is partitioned into two rooms by a flimsy wall: a small front room and a bedroom, where all of the Breedloves sleep. The setting takes place in the 194 Yes where beauty depended on the wealth and physical traits Of an individual. The lines begin to blur and run together—as they do at the beginning of select chapters. Analysis: The beginning of the section describes a certain class of black women and also alludes to the phenomenon of black migration from Southern town to places like Lorain.
The women talk about how Miss Delia has lost her mind. There are black women in society at the time who had repressed their own heritage, their own race so they could fit in, like the character Geraldine. Is there a suggestion of some trouble later even with the kindly Mr. In the end, the physical separation between the characters distinguishes Pecola and Mrs. At fifteen, she meets Cholly; they marry and move far up to the North. She has not yet learned that beauty is a matter of cultural norms and that the doll is beautiful not in and of itself but rather because the culture she lives in believes whiteness is superior. There is no effort to maintain the house, and the sofa brings memories of humiliation.
Are they an appropriate source of information? So these representations of idealized white life, even when they can no longer be read in a normal way, hammer the reader in the same way that they hammer Pecola. In all of the years since, Claudia and Frieda have avoided Pecola because she fills them with fear and guilt. On a Saturday morning in October, Mrs. Although Cholly does not narrate any part of his story, he endures so much hardship—starting from the moment he is born and discarded by the train tracks—that we cannot help but feel sympathy for him. Claudia MacTeer, now a grown woman, tells us what happened a year before the fall when no marigolds bloomed.
One Saturday afternoon in spring, Cholly, while totally drunk, rapes his daughter. What is the effect on the reader of a child's asking such a question? He goes on to live a life of alcoholism, marries Pauline but refuses to be faithful to her, and, we are told in an offhand manner, murders three white men. Morrison, in a sense, is speeding up the machinery of the Dick and Jane story to show how it does not work, how it degenerates into meaninglessness under any kind of scrutiny. Breedlove who the black girls were, Mrs. How is this person similar to and different from Pecola? Pecola, however, who has been called ugly so many times — even by her own family — cannot.
In her eyes came the picture of Cholly and Mrs. Soaphead Church proceeds to write a letter to God, in which he blames God for making the world badly. When the little white girl asks Mrs. Then the women begin talking about Mr. Breedlove returns and sees the mess she runs to Pecola and backhands her, knocking the girl down. In some sense it was precisely what the act of writing the the book was: the public exposure of a private confidence.