Image Study

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

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“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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