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A good book is one that you cannot quit thinking about For days after you finish it you will catch yourself daydreaming about it That is what The Bluest Eye did to me I cant say that I liked the novel because I didnt It left me with an empty horrified feeling in the pit of my stomach a realization of how harsh the world can be I believe that this was Toni Morrisons goal for this book She didnt want me to feel all warm and cozy when I finished She didnt want me to like The Bluest Eye She wanted me to learn from it I learned about a childs understanding how people can react differently to a harsh environment the importance of white symbols in a black girls life and what could possess adults to do horrible things to helpless children In short I learned about the world Claudia narrated most of the book though the story is mainly about Pecola Claudia and her sister Fridea are in all visible ways exactly like Pecola They are poor black girls in a world where only white is beautiful and good The difference is that Claudia and Fridea could still love themselves and Pecola felt that she was worthless because of her black features It makes sense that Claudia was chosen to tell the story so that she could be outside of the main story but still close enough to give us a first person account The world around Claudia Fridea and Pecola is filled with symbols of whiteness The first thing that is brought to our attention is the elementary school readers where the main characters are Dick and Jane Dick and Jane are perfect white children and they live in a perfect white cheery loving world This establishes the theme of white domination over the culture This was the world that Pecola wanted to be a part of She worshipped
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