December 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm (1)

Liukkonen, Petri. “Toni Morrison.” 04 Dec. 2009
The above citation is for the biography about Toni Morrison.

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My overall reaction to the novel

December 4, 2009 at 2:06 am (1)

For the most part, I enjoyed reading this novel because the author included imagery and symbols which made the novel easy to understand. The author did a great job with foreshadowing, because I was immediately able to figure out that Pecola was going to get pregnant. On the other hand, I was kept in suspense as to who would get Pecola pregnant. During some points of the novel, I was really bored. I was especially bored when the author included details of the area where Claudia, Freida and Pecola lived. There were some characters mentioned in the novel who did not even have a major role. This made me a little confused as to who is the main character and what their signifincance is. As, I read further the novel became more interesting.

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My favorite part of the novel… this is funny!

December 4, 2009 at 1:32 am (1)

There were some funny moments in the novel which made me laugh. This maybe very vivd and too much info. I guess it’s okay because after all, it’s funny! “Suddenly Pecola bolted straight up, her eyes wide with terror. A whinnying sound came from her mouth.” “What’s the matter with you?” Frieda stood up too. Then we looked where Pecola was staring. Blood was running down her legs.” Frieda said, “Oh Lordy! I know. I know what that is! That’s ministratin” (Morrison 27). “Am I going to die?” she asked. “Noooo. You won’t die. It just means you can have a baby (Morrison 28). “Come on. Step out of them.” “She managed to get the soiled pants down and flung them at me.”  “Here.”  “What am I supposed to do with these?”  “Bury them, moron (Morrison 29). “There playing nasty, Mrs. McTeer.” Then, Mrs. McTeer says, “I’d rather raise pigs then some nasty girls. Least I can slaughter them” (Morrison 30).  “Mama looked at Frieda for verification. Frieda nodded. She’s menistratin’. We was just helping” (Morrison 31). Freida and Claudia were trying to help Pecola, but instead they got in trouble. It was funny when Claudia asked Frieda what to do with Pecola’s pants. In addition to that, I enjoyed the part when Mrs. McTeer realized that her daughters were not playing nasty, and in fact they were trying to help Pecola out.

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Biography of the author and how it relates to the novel

December 4, 2009 at 12:15 am (1)

Toni Morrison wrote her first novel in 1970, which is the Bluest Eye. All her books are about the life of women in society in which males are dominant and surronded by racisim. Toni Morrison’s family moved to the midwest to escape racisim. This is one of the major themes from American Literature in the Bluest Eye. She found a new identity by changing her name from Chole to Toni. When asked why she changed her name, Toni said so that people could pronounce her name. This is a similar situation to the novel. Pecola Breedlove constantly prays for blue eyes so that people will say she is beautiful and that everything will be perfect. Pecola was determined to change her identity by praying for blue eyes and blonde hair so that people would think that she is pretty.

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Memorable Quotes

November 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm (1)

“So it was.  A little black girl yearns for the blue eyes of a little white girl,  and the horror at the heart of her yearning is exceeded only by the evil of fulfillment” (Morrison 204). Pecola wishes for blue eyes so that she is respected by society and appreciated for her beauty. However, the novel ends with a tragedy since Pecola becomes pregnant because her father Charley Breedlove raped her. The society looks down upon Pecola by laughing and mocking her.  She ends up loosing her baby.

Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe. There is no gift for the beloved. The lover alone possesses his gift of love. The loved one is shorn, neutralized, frozen in the glare of the lover’s inward eyes” (Morrison 205).  I don’t really know how to explain this, but I feel that this is a very powerful statement. I like the way how the author worded this statement and placed it on the last page of the novel. I belive this is a true statement especially where it says wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, and stupid people love stupidly. After reading this excerpt, I felt that this line stood out to me the most only because it describes the reality of love. This was my favorite quote in the entire novel because it’s something that anyone can relate to. After reading this excerpt, I had to put in my blog. The author did a great job with the ending.

I will be adding more to this post!!!

More memorable quotes… YAY! Here it comes. “If I pinched them, their eyes-unlike the crazed glint of the baby doll’s eyes- would fold in pain, and their crying would not be the sound of an icebox door, but a fascinating cry of pain” (Morrison 23).

This is a memorable quote because it describes the author’s perspective. The author implies that black women do not have tears of joy, but have tears of pain. The tears of pain is from racisim that they faced each day from white men. This also deals with one of the themes from American Literature which is racisim still exists in society today.

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Rhetorical Study (Part 2)

November 27, 2009 at 12:05 am (1)

Foreshadowing can be seen throughout the novel which is also a rhetorical advice. For example, Maureen says, “Two months ago I started. My girlfriend in Toledo, where we lived before, said when she started she was scared to death. Thought she had killed herself.”  “Do you know what it’s for?’ Pecola asked the question as though hoping to provide the answer herself. “For babies.” Maureen raised two pencil-stroke eyebrows at the obviousness of the question. “Babies need blood when they are inside you, and if you are having a baby, then you do not menstrate. ”  “How do babies get the blood?” asked Pecola.

I know this is too much detail, but notice how Pecola is curious about babies and how they get blood.  She knew the answer as to why ladies menstrate, but only asked the question to get more details from Maureen. Notice how Pecola is so interested about babies (how and where they come from). This foreshadows something tragic—Pecola is going to get pregnant. We will find out more about the tragedy as the novel approaches conclusion.

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Rhetorical Study

November 8, 2009 at 4:09 am (1)

Okay… so here are some rhetorical devices that I found while reading the novel. Claudia finally describes her father by using imagery and simile. Claudia states, “My daddy’s face is a study. Winter moves into it and presides there. His eyes become a cliff of snow threatening to avalanche; his eyebrows bend back like black limbs of leafless trees.His skin takes on the pale, cheerless yellow of winter sun; for a jaw he has the edges of a snowbound field dotted with stubble; his forehead is the frozen sweep of the Erie, hiding currents of gelid thoughts that  eddy in darkness” (Morrison 61). Basically, Claudia describes her father having a complex personality.

I will be adding a part 2 to the Rhetorical Study as they are completely different from this post. The Part 2 is a separate post.

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Who is my favorite character in the novel so far?

November 8, 2009 at 3:29 am (1)

 So far I think the novel is pretty good, however the course of actions taking place are going slow. My favorite character is Pecola for many reasons. First of all, I belive she is very courageous because she is living with a different family, with Frieda and Claudia. Her father is in jail, and her mother and brother are living somewhere else. Also, Frieda goes to the grocery store to purchase a Mary Jane candy bar and is looked down upon by one of the white workers. His eyes were for full of hatred just because of Pecola’s blackness. Yet, she still had the courage to buy a candy bar for herself. She is very determined and is hopeful that God will one day give her blue eyes. The reason as to why I admire her at this point is that she is full of hope. Something which I don’t have. I sometimes tend to loose my patience and hope when I don’t accomplish something big. While I am reading the novel, I feel as if something bad will happen to Pecola.  😦  Let see what happens!

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Character Study

November 8, 2009 at 2:50 am (1)

Cholly Breedove– “A renting black, having put his family outdoors, had catapulted himself beyond the reaches of human consideration. He had joined the animals; was indeed, an old dog, a snake, a ratty nigger” (Morrison 18). Cholly Breedove was a black man who was put in jail. His family was separated. His daughter Pecola lives with Claudia and her family.  “Cholly, by his habitual drunkenness an orneriness, provided them both with the material they need to make their lives tolerable” (Morrison 42). Cholly has a drinking problem, but he works just enough to make his family’s life tolerable.  (I will add more details as the story progresses). Continuing on, with the character study of Charley— he is evil only beacuse he rapes Pecola and gets her pregnant.

Mrs. Breedlove- “Mrs. Breedlove came swiftly into the room and stood at the foot of the bed where Cholly lay. I need some coal in this house. Hear me? Mrs. Breedlove jabbed Cholly’s foot. I said I need some coal. It’s cold as a witch’s tit in this house. Your whiskey ass wouldn’t feel hellfire, but I’m cold. I got a do a lot of things, but I ain’t gonna freeze” (Morrison 40). Based on the remarks/comments made by Mrs. Breedlove, one can conclude that she is very demanding. Mrs. Breedlove only cares about her comfort. “Mrs. Breedlove considered herself an upright Christian woman, burdened with a no-count man, whom God wanted her to punish. Mrs. Breedlove is a Christian who believes that God wants her to take her husband on the right path by punishing him.

Pecola Breedlove- “When we discovered that she clearly did not want to dominate us, we liked her. She laughed when I clowned for her, and smiled and accepted gracefully the food gifts my sister gave her. “Would you like some ghram crackers? I don’t care (Morrison 19). Pecola is a quiet girl, who is trying to find her identity. She wishes to have blue eyes so that people would call her beautiful. Please read the quote which goes along with the image of the blue eye to find out more.

Claudia- “Younger than both Freida and Pecola, I had not yet arrived at the turning  point in the development of my pysche which would allow me to love her (her is referring to Shirley Temple). I was interested only in humans my own age and size, and could not generate any enthusiasm at the prospect of being a mother. Motherhood was old age, and other remote responsibilities” (Morrison 19-21). Based on this description of Claudia, she is very young and has alot more growing up to do.  Unlike Pecola and Frieda, Claudia is not mature at this point because she believes their are better things out there than motherhood. Claudia is also the narrator of the novel. She describes the society she lives in, and describes the life of the main character, who is Pecola Breedlove.

Frieda- “Not a little old jar full. Lots of water. To scrub the steps with, dumbell!” Mama looked at Frieda for verification. “She’s ministratin’. We was just helping” (Morrison 29 &31). Well, there’s not much to say about Frieda, because she’s NOT the MAIN CHARACTER. Frieda helps Pecola out when she was on her menstrual cycle. Frieda is mature and old enough to understand things.

Mama- She is religious but gets frustrated in some situations.  Mama also keeps her children, Frieda and Claudia in check.  “Mama grabbed Frieda by the shoulder, turned her around, and gave her three or four stinging cuts on her legs. “Gonna be nasty huh? Naw you ain’t!” Mama looked at Pecola. “You too! she said. “Child of mine or not!” She grabbed Pecola and spun her around. (Morrison 30-31). This shows that Mama is strict and has a strong character.

Father- Not the main character of the novel. He does not appear in the novel that often and has a quiet personality.

I will be adding more details about the characters above as I finish the novel. (I have added more details to this blog after the 1st five posts were due)!

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This does not count as a post!!! (Just a poll)

November 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm (1)

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