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The novel The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison tells the sordid story of Pecola Breedlove a young colored girl as she struggles to attain beauty and desperately praying for blue eyes Brought up as a poor unwanted girl in a world filled with racism sexuality and hostility Pecola desires the acceptance and love of society The image of Shirley Temple beauty surrounds her In her mind if she were to be beautiful with blue eyes people would finally love and accept her The idea that blue eyes are a necessity for beauty has been imprinted on Pecola her whole life If I looked different beautiful maybe Cholly her father would be different and Mrs Breedlove her mother too Maybe they would say Why look at pretty-eyed Pecola We musnt do bad things in front of those pretty eyes 46 Many people have helped imprint this ideal of beauty on her MrYacowbski as a symbol for the rest of societys norm treats her as if she were invisible He does not see her because for him there is nothing to see How can a fifty-two-year-old white immigrant storekeepersee a little black girl 48 Her classmates also have an effect on her They seem to think that because she is not beautiful and she is not worth anything except as the focal point of their mockery Black e mo Black e mo Yadaddsleepsnekked Black e mo black e mo ya dadd sleeps nekked 65 As if it were not bad enough being ridiculed by children her own age adults mock her as well Geraldine a colored woman who refused to tolerate niggers happened to walk in while Pecola was in her house Get outYou nasty little black bitch Get out of my house 92 By having an adult point out to her that she really was a nasty little girl it seems all the more true Pecola was never able to get away from this
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