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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