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A book review of the bluest eye

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Readers’ Review: “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison

Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options. A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this book. Educational Value The Bluest Eye reveals some details about the complexities of race relations in the American South and Midwest around 1941: Some facts about menstruation are also presented, but most young people who read The Bluest Eye should be old enough to have their own understanding about beginning sexuality by the time they read this novel.

Book Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Positive Messages Toni Morrison's first novel deeply investigates ideas of sexuality, loss, and physical beauty. By shining a light on the hurt and self loathing of the young African-American character Pecola Breedlove, the author asks readers to examine their own ideas about superficial appearances, and to see how much all children deserve love and protection. They also take Pecola in for a brief period when her family is in crisis.

Violence Claudia is an angry kid who resents the idea that white or mixed-race kids are considered prettier or better than black kids; she describes attacking a couple of other kids and feelings of violent anger toward light-skinned kids.

Claudia and Frieda's mother hits them when she is angry. In the Breedlove household, Polly and Cholly physically fight often, and Cholly is said to have set fire to their home.

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A boy abuses and mortally injures a pet. The most disturbing violence in the novel is a sexual assault on an 11-year-old girl. Sex There are numerous descriptions of sexual feelings and events in The Bluest Eye.

  • A wholly unabashed, flat out declaration made with the confident, self-righteous air of a reader who knows what good reading should consist of and, when it comes to that, exclude;
  • On prodding him for the reason behind his 'disinterest', he replied that 'books written by women just do not engage' him;
  • One of my favorite aspects of this book is how Morrison chose her narrators;
  • And I say this to say something about this banning, as well.

Henry interacts with two prostitutes. A girl is sexually molested. A boy's mother is described as having an aversion to sex; her sexual interactions with her husband are reserved and obligatory. Three prostitutes, who live in the flat above the Breedloves, engage in bawdy talk in front of Pecola. In the Breedlove household, Polly's sexual experiences with her husband are described somewhat poetically, where colors represent strong feelings of desire and enjoyment.

However, we learn that Cholly's feelings about sex have been affected by a disturbing first sexual experience. A man turns out to be a pedophile. Language There's a fair amount of profane, rude and cruel language: Consumerism Cholly is a known drunk and becomes violent when he drinks.

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The book is a complex investigation of ideas of physical beauty among blacks and whites, and the ways racial attitudes, and other life experiences, damage the lives of these characters. Pecola Breedlove's self-hatred, and her wish for blue eyes, is an outgrowth of the way she's treated by her family and the world in which she lives. Sexual behavior is also very complicated in this novel from 1970. Sex acts and feelings between adults are described, and more than one grown man behaves inappropriately with young girls.

The Bluest Eye

There is also incest and domestic violence, including a sexual assault on an 11-year-old girl. Even teens may need some adult guidance to understand the world of the novel, in which many characters seem driven by emotional and sexual feelings they can't control. Stay up to date on new reviews.

  • Language There's a fair amount of profane, rude and cruel language;
  • Yacobowski to other kinds of adults in the novel, unintelligible;
  • If she had beautiful blue eyes, Pecola imagines, people would not want to do ugly things in front of her or to her.

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