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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