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She lived with her parent, Cholly and Pauline Breedlove, and her brother, these two characters has a complex relationship instead of father-daughter relation. After moving to Lorain, Ohio, Pauline and Cholly's relationship takes a According to the narrator, 'The tiny undistinguished days that Mrs. Breedlove [ lives are]. Why should you care about what Pauline Breedlove says in Toni Morrison's The a lot of pleasure, but it made coming home hard, and looking at Cholly hard.
The narrator then explains that Pecola and her brother Sammy respond to the violence in different ways. Sammy curses, and often throws himself into the middle of his parents' arguments. He is known to run away, having left more than twenty-seven times before he was fourteen. Pecola on the other hand, being younger than Sammy and also a girl, tries different methods of endurance.
These methods vary, but each is just as painful as the last. When they fight, she disassociates from her body and wishes one of her parents would kill the other, or that she herself would die.
The children's different ways of responding to the violence demonstrate different realities individuals face based on genders.
Samuel, a young boy, actively engages with his parents while they argue, and escapes the situation by running away. Pecola, however, as a young girl, remains passive and turns inward. These coping methods reflect the realities of the men and woman in The Bluest Eye. Active Themes As Pecola waits for the storefront apartment to erupt in violence, she whispers to herself, "Don't, Mrs.
Breedlove inevitably sneezes, and as she promised, she starts the fight with Cholly by throwing a glass of cold water in his face. Cholly rises from bed naked and attacks Mrs. A brutal fight ensues, Cholly using his hands and feet, and Mrs. Breedlove using a dishpan.
They struggle until Sammy jumps in and begins hitting Cholly in the head. Seizing the opportunity, Mrs. Breedlove grabs the stove lid and hits Cholly over the head twice with it, knocking him unconscious.
Once Cholly is unconscious, Mrs. Breedlove covers him with a blanket. Sammy begins yelling at his mother to kill Cholly. She tells him to be quiet, and as she walks back into the kitchen, commands him to get up and go get some coal.
Talking to herself and quietly begging her mother not to start the fight demonstrates Pecola's powerlessness, both as a child and as a girl. Sammy, to the contrary, jumps in and aids his mother. Samuel begging his mother to kill his father reveals his hatred for Cholly, but his request mirrors his father's violence toward the family.
Breedlove tells him to shut up, and tells him to go get coal, a gesture that demonstrates her authority over him, and again links him to Cholly, who she originally asked to get the coal. Sammy is being nurtured to have the same sort of hate that Cholly feels—the cycle is continuing. Active Themes When the fight is over, Pecola experiences "the sick feeling" she gets in her stomach whenever her parents fight.
She asks God if he will make her disappear, and closing her eyes, feels her body begin to fade away, starting with her arms and moving toward her stomach. With some struggle, she imagines her stomach and face disappear, but her tightly closed eyes remain. The narrator explains that Pecola believes possessing blue eyes would make her beautiful, and things would change at home and school. She has prayed for blue eyes for a year, but in clinging to the idea that only a miracle could save her, she is never able to recognize her own inner beauty because she is only ever looking at other people's eyes.
For Pecola, attaining blue eyes means two things: Beauty to the characters of The Bluest Beauty means empowerment, and Pecola believes that if she can attain blue eyes, a signifier of whiteness and beauty, she will have the power to escape her horrible situation. Holding on to this unreachable standard of beauty, however, means that Pecola remains unable to realize her worth and own beauty, inner or outer.
Meat and Sundries, a store in the neighborhood that sells penny candy. As she walks, she feels comforted by the familiar images she sees—the cracked sidewalk and dandelions in the fields beside her. She feels a sense of ownership over these things, and they connect her to the world. She ponders a patch of dandelions at the base of a telephone pole, wondering why everyone detests the dandelions, and calls them weeds.
She can't understand why black women pick them, but throw away the yellow heads, keeping only the leaves and stems for dandelion wine and soup. Unlike those around her, Pecola is fond of the dandelions. Pecola's self-perceived ugliness allows her to identify with the cracked sidewalk and the dandelions, which are things considered ugly by others.
Pecola does not see the dandelions as ugly, which introduces the idea that beauty might be a matter of one's perception, not something inherent in the object being looked at. Unfortunately, Pecola's obsession with external beauty standards keeps her from realizing this about herself. The "yellow heads" of the dandelions also connect symbolically to the blond haired girls, who represent the white beauty standard, and explains Pecola's confusion as to why the black women throw them away.
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She decides to spend all of her money, three pennies, on Mary Janes. When she pulls the pennies from her shoe, Mr. Yacobowsky looks up at her with his blue eyes. Yacobowski looks at Pecola, his eyes draw back, as if he sees right through her.
Pecola notices a complete lack of human recognition in his eyes and recognizes it as a trait that exists in the eyes of all white people she's encountered. Yacobowski's distaste must be for her blackness, which is static and dreadful, even though her internal emotional state is in motion. Pecola's feeling that Mr. Yacobowsky sees right through her demonstrates both the way whites perceive blacks as worthless, and also Pecola's sense that she is not even worth being looked at.
The distinction between Pecola's external appearance and her inward emotional reality suggests that even though Mr. Yacobowski sees her only as a worthless black girl, there is a reality beneath her black skin that makes her human, that makes her worth acknowledgment. To eat the candy is somehow to eat the eyes, eat Mary Jane. From the narration above, it can conclude that for Pecola, being a beautiful girl is simply by eating Mary Jane candy. Somehow she felt that eating it can change her to look like Mary Jane, a beautiful girl on the candy wrap.
In psychoanalysis, this habit is known as sublimation. In the third chapter, there is a chronology where Cholly came home drunk and saw Pecola in the kitchen. He then raped her and left her The second disruption is also comes from Cholly, who raped Pecola for the second time. This happened when she was reading on the couch Yet she wanted to dismember her memory about being raped by her own father.
She deny her father had rape her twice, forget about it, but then she remember it again, as in the last chapter page In this scene, Pecola was talking to her imaginary friend.
Her imaginary friend kept asking about the rape incident. Suppression is an act of consciously avoid to remember something which had happened, while if someone unconsciously avoid to remember something is called as repression. Based on this explanation, it is clear that Pecola did suppression towards the raped incident by Cholly. There is a strange relationship between Cholly and Pecola Breedlove despite the father-daughter relationship. The reason is because Cholly never had experienced about parent-children relation.
In his early life, Cholly is an 9 abandoned child. Both his mother and his father left him while he was a baby. Therefore he lived together with Aunt Jimmy. When Aunt Jimmy was dead, he went to see his father in Macon Morrison Unfortunately, instead of welcomed his son home, his father chased him to get away from him.
What happened to Cholly might affect his childhood psychology which makes him become rude and brutal. When Cholly was a baby, his father, Samson Fuller, left him with her mother whom finally left him to Aunt Jimmy.
And when Cholly wanted to meet him and probably live with him since he has no one except his father. Now, get the fuck outta my face! The absence of his father makes him lack of father parenting and makes him has no idea about how father should raise his children.
Therefore when he raped Pecola, he thought that he did what father should did, which is give love to his daughter.
What could he do for her—ever? What say to her? What could a burned-out black man say to the hunched back of his eleven- year-old daughter? If he looked into her face, he would see those haunted, 10 loving eyes. The hauntedness would irritate him—the love would move him to fury.
How dare she love him? What was he supposed to do about that?
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What could his calloused hands produce to make her smile? What of his knowledge of the world and of life could be useful to her?
What could his heavy arms and befuddled brain accomplish that would earn him his own respect, that would in turn allow him to accept her love? There, he met a young girl named Darlene. Cholly asked her to hang around together for a while. When they were in the field, Cholly and Darlene were having sexual intercourse. Unfortunately, there were two white people who caught them.
Instead of fighting and chasing the white people away, he channeling his anger towards Darlene. After that incident, he run away from Darlene and begin to search his father whom unfortunately chased him away.
In order to releasing his anger and emotions, he chose to release it through sex In psychoanalysis, this habit is known as a displacement. Displacement is an act when someone transferring his negative emotions from someone or something into unrelated thing. He even displaced his past anger to Pecola by raping her. She assigns this unworthiness to Pecola when she is born, so she too will be separate and feel unworthy.
These standards and feelings of rejection are the qualities that Pecola inherits from Pauline. Pauline suffers a separation of self in which she is constantly confronted with a world of Hollywood movies. Pauline differs from Pecola only in the sense that the image she believes in comes from the movie screen rather than the Shirley Temple milk cup. Pauline compensates for her lameness and ugliness by creating order whenever possible.
When she can no longer do this at home, she abandons her family. She feels more at home in a white kitchen than with her black family at home.
She commits a role reversal by loving her employers daughter, the perfect little blue-eyed white doll that Pecola was never able to be and hates her own daughter denying her own children for a surrogate child that does not belong to her.
We find that Pecola and Sammy call their mother Mrs. Breedlove, but the Fisher child that Pauline works for calls her Polly. This is endearing to Pauline, because she never had a nickname as a child, but ironically, it is actually condescending from a family that sees her as the ideal servant not a member of the family. It is ironic that she finds such pleasure in colors. She describes her most intimate and happiest moments in colors, yet her daughters and her own color and ugliness is what makes her reject Pecola and hate herself.
Pecolas first perception of her Mothers reflection of her was her own ugliness.
But Lord, she is ugly. For a little girl, her mother is the most important love that she can receive. Without it, she feels worthless. Pecola is able to find herself only by going insane.
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When Frieda is fondled by their boarder, Mr. Henry, her father beats him up and shoots at him with a gun as he runs away.
In sharp contrast, Pecola is raped by her father on the kitchen floor. Again, breaking the Dick and Jane myth, Father played with Jane and raped her. Cholly takes away his childs innocence in an instant and his rape of her is a turning point in her life, just as his own father had done to him emotionally years before.