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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Themes from American Literature

November 7, 2009 at 5:55 pm (1)

While I was reading, I discovered a theme realted to American Literature. In the novel it says, “She looks up at him and sees the vaccum where curiosity out to lodge. And something more. The total abscence of human recognition-the glazed separeteness. She does not know what keeps his glance suspended. Perhaps because he is grown, or a man, and she a little girl. But she has seen interest, disgust, even anger in grown male eyes. Yet this vaccum is not new to her. It has an edge; somewhere in the bottom lid is the distance. She has seen it lurking in the eyes of all white people. So. The distate must be for her, her blackness. All things in her are flux and anticipation. But her blackness is static and dread. And it is the blackness that accounts for, that creates, the vaccum edged with distaste in white eyes” (Morrison 49). In this statement, the reader can conclude one of the themes presented in the novel. One of the themes of this novel relates to American literature. The theme of this novel is: Racisim will always exist in society. The man at the grocery store looked at Pecola with so much hate and disgust only because of the color of her skin. I believe there is at least one more theme from American Literature in the novel, but I am only halfway through the book. Keep checking out my blogs!

Another theme from American Literature that I found in the novel was identity defines one’s place in society. For example in the novel it says,  “Each night, without fail, she prayed for blue eyes. Fervently for a year, she had prayed. Although somewhat discouraged, she was not without hope.  To have something as wonderful as that happen, would take a long, long time.” Maybe they’d say, “Why, look at pretty-eyed Pecola. We mustn’t do bad things in front of those pretty eyes” (Morrison 46). Pecola wanted to change her identity by changing her physical appearance. She prayed so that she could have blue eyes so that people will not crticize her because of her race.

Please note: I added one more theme after the initial five posts were due, since I found one while reading.

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Image Study

November 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm (1)

   This is the front cover of the novel. As we can see, there is a black child who has her arms crossed. She looks very lonely and is in the hope of a better future. This child could be Pecola, Frieda, or Claudia. The three girls are not treated fairly with respect in society only because of the color of  their skin. Furthermore, Pecola prays constantly to God for beauty so that she will be loved by others. However, she does not know what’s coming her way…

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Image Study

November 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm (1)


“Each pale yellow wrapper has a picture on it. A pictur of little Mary Jane, for whom the candy is named. Smiling white face. Blonde hair in gentle disarray, blue eyes looking at her out of a world of clean comfort. The eyes are petulant, mischievous. To Pecola, they are simply pretty. She eats the candy, and its sweetness is good. To eat the candy is somehow to eat the eyes, eat Mary Jane. Love May Jane. Be Mary Jane” (Morrison 5o). Pecola is so desperate to feel pretty that she goes out and buys a Mary Jane candy bar to feel as if she has blue eyes and blonde hair. As Pecola says, to eat a Mary Jane candy bar is as if eating her blue eyes.  (Continued on next page!)

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Image Study

November 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm (1)



   As we all know, a heart symbolizes love. Some of the characters in the novel such as Pecola is curious about how can you make someone  love you. For instance, Pecola asks Claudia and Freida who are sisters how do you make someone love you. Pecola says, “How do you get somebody to love you” ( Morrison 32).  Pecola is determined to to get blue eyes so that she will be gorgeous and find her love. However, this could lead to a tragedy……! I like this book. I am not done with  the entire book, but I have a feeling this novel will make me cry. Anyways, stay tuned for more blogs to find out about the tragedy.


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