Do you consider it a benevolent presence against which the events of the novel are contrasted, or a potentially malevolent force?
Select one of these secondary stories and explain how it relates to or comments upon the main story line.
Morrison's story about a young black girl's growing self-hatred begins with an excerpt from a typical first-grade primer from years ago.
Morrison does not have to retell the story of three hundred years of black dominance by white culture for us to be aware of the history of American blacks, who have been victims in this tragedy.
The self-hatred that is at the core of Pecola's character affects, in one degree or another, all of the other characters in the novel.
The tone is set immediately: "Good" means being a member of a happy, well-to-do white family, a standard that is continually juxtaposed against "bad," which means being black, flawed, and strapped for money.
If one is to believe the first-grade primer, everyone is happy, well-to-do, good-looking, and white.As noted earlier, a three-hundred-year-old history of people brought to the United States during the period of slavery has led to a psychological oppression that fosters a love of everything connected with the slave masters while promoting a revulsion toward everything connected with themselves.All cultures teach their own standards of beauty and desirability through billboards, movies, books, dolls, and other products.Young people can establish good family relationships in various ways.First of all, teenagers should respect each family member and care for each family member.Beauty is not a mere opinion of a person, so it contradicts the principle.However, beauty is a written rule that is a society that sets social standards.For the most part, the blacks in this novel have blindly accepted white domination and have therefore given expensive white dolls to their black daughters at Christmas. Henry believes that he is being complimentary when he calls Frieda and Claudia "Greta Garbo" and "Ginger Rogers." The schoolchildren — the black schoolboys, in particular — are mesmerized by the white-ish Maureen Peal, and Maureen herself enjoys telling about the black girl who dared to request a Hedy Lamarr hairstyle.The Bluest Eye is a harsh warning about the old consciousness of black folks' attempts to emulate the slave master.Her blackness forces the boys to face their own blackness, and thus they make Pecola the scapegoat for their own ignorance, for their own self-hatred, and for their own feelings of hopelessness.Pecola becomes the dumping ground for the black community's fears and feelings of unworthiness.