PECOLA AGIL - Adrian Gil Ms. Gabay AP English Lit. January...

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Adrian Gil Ms. Gabay AP English Lit. January 24 2011 The Bluest Eye In-Class Essay In the novel The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, the author portrays the main character, Pecola, as an outcast in her world in order to show the reader the social standards and morals of the culture she comes from. Pecola is a young black girl who is considered to be ugly. She lives a hard life and in the opening of the novel is seen with a different family because her father tried to burn down their own house. Throughout the novel, Pecola is constantly abused by the people around her in every way possible: physically, verbally, and sexually. Through Pecola, Toni Morrison shows us how in Pecola’s society there exists a lot of racism, there are strict standards of what beauty is, and there are strict expectations for women. Throughout the novel, Toni Morrison uses Pecola to show how there was a lot of racism in the 1940’s. For example, near the middle of the novel Pecola is picked on by a small boy. He takes her to his house, kills his own cat, and then blames the whole thing on Pecola when his mother, Geraldine, arrives. The boy’s mom, who is also black, tells Pecola, “Get out, you nasty little black bitch. Get out of my house.” This demonstrates how even Geraldine who is black
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