The Bluest Eyes Ap Short Form
The narrator for parts of the novel. She is a very strong minded nine year old who fights for good causes. She is a stable force throughout the story. * Minor Characters * Cholly Breedlove: The always intoxicated father of Pecola and husband of Pauline. He experienced traumatic events that influenced him to hate the women he encounters in his life. Pauline Breedlove: As a child she lived with an unfortunate foot and got herself in a marriage which turned deadly.
She considers herself ugly only finding comfort watching romantic movies and working. * Main Setting * The Bluest Eye takes place during the end of the Great Depression (1940-1941) in Lorain, Ohio. * Summary The exposition of the novel tells the reader about Claudia and Frieda McTeer looking back at their childhood, particularly remembering Pecola Breedlove. The main conflict surrounds young Pecola as a target for abuse who wishes to be beautiful and feel loved.
The rising action begins when the McTeer family took in Pecola after her father burned their house down. She soon left and returned to her family where many misfortunes took place. The only person to love Pecola enough to touch her was her father, Cholly; and the climax reaches when he rapes her and impregnates her. The resolution of the novel comes about when she loses her baby and goes out and asks Soaphead Church for blue eyes. This wish is achieved through Pecola’s madness and she now lives on the edge of Lorain with her mother.
An event that takes the narrative back in time “When he was still very young, Cholly had been surprised in some bushes by two white men while he was newly but earnestly in eliciting sexually pleasure from a little country girl…” (42) * Symbol: An object in a story that stands for an idea “But so deeply concerned were we with the health and safe delivery of Pecola’s baby we could think nothing but our own magic: if we planted the seeds, and said the right words over them, they would blossom, and everything would be all right”. The picture the author makes with words …Shapely lips which called attention not to themselves but to the rest of the face.
You looked at them and wondered why they were so ugly; you looked closely and could not find the source” (39) * Quotes “It had occurred to Pecola some time ago that if her eyes, those eyes that held the pictures, and knew the sights—if those eyes of hers were different, that is to say, beautiful, she herself would be different. ” * Claudia says this right after Pecola had witnessed a violent fight between her parents.
Pecola wants to change her reality and believes that if she had blue eyes, it would also change how she views the world, seeing only the good in life, and their beauty would increase that behavior around her. “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. * Claudia summarizes the ending of her story about Pecola. * Love is not always safe, it can be dangerous.
It cannot only soothe but break a person similar to how Cholly’s love took Pecola’s innocence and was the starting point of her insanity. “All of our waste which we dumped on her and which she absorbed. And all of our beauty, which was hers first and which she gave to us. ” * Claudia continues to sum up the ending of her story. * With Pecola’s madness, she turned out to become the town’s ugliness. The community compared themselves to her, and in consequence, she hands them her beauty not from skin-deep but from within.