ugly flowers dont breed love

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John Rankin 2/20/06 Eng237 Dr. Duba Ugly Flowers Don’t Breed Love Don’t ever expect to find dandelions in a florist. Even though the plant is, by nature, a flower, perceptions of it are not so favorable. The dandelion is stripped of its identity as a flower and renamed weed. In this way, it is made ugly. If a man were to bring his love a bouquet of dandelions as an expression of affection, he would soon find himself living the bachelor’s life again. After all, what would ugly flowers say about the woman receiving them? Would she, too, be tainted by their ugliness? Instead of chancing such a dating blunder, we uproot dandelions by the millions, or drown them in poisons until they wither and die. In Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye , Pecola Breedlove is tainted, and ultimately destroyed by the preconceived notions of beauty and love present in her family and society as a whole. Even the seed from which the Pecola flower emerges is poisoned. The tragedy of the Breedlove family does not begin with Pecola, but is rather a tale that spans generations. The seed from which Pecola springs, her father Cholly, has strayed far from the flowers that spawned him. His father leaves before he is even born and his mother flees within four days of his birth. He is taken in by an elderly aunt who soon passes. No one of significant influence is around long enough for Cholly to root himself. He is an aberration, a flower growing without tending or care. Despite beating the odds to simply survive, Cholly is still an ugly rootless weed. His encounter with the
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white hunters after his aunt’s funeral demonstrates his ugliness to him. He is torn from the beautiful experience of young love and made into the pet nigger of the white hunters. The experience causes Cholly to freefall from the highest peak of love and beauty to the deepest pits of despair. The experience rocks Cholly, who, seeking some sense of his masculine identity, tracks down his father. The encounter proves Cholly’s ugliness to him. His father turns him away without a care to return to a dice game. Cholly’s belief in his own ugliness is confirmed by his father’s humiliating dismissal. The final humiliation comes when Cholly soils himself while trying to keep from crying. Abandoned, humiliated, and emasculated, Cholly Breedlove is, perhaps, a seed not meant to grow. As Cholly is the seed from which Pecola is born, Pauline Breedlove is the soil. Unlike seeds, which can be scattered and carried on the wind, the soil is static. It has no freedom of mobility. Pauline also had no freedom of mobility both literally and figuratively. Her lame foot hinders her literal movement, and simply being a woman prevents her from elevating her social status. A crippled foot and a large family, into which she vanishes from sight, are the first signs of her ugliness. Left to her own devices, Pauline takes to the obsessive compulsive task of categorizing and organizing everything around her. Her behavior is never questioned by her family, and eventually
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 237 taught by Professor Frankduba during the Spring '08 term at Millersville.

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