The Bluest Eye Quotes by Toni Morrison
Topics: Quotes. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion. 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. There is no gift for the beloved.
Although their poverty was traditional and stultifying, it was not unique. But their ugliness was unique. No one could have convinced them that they were not relentlessly and aggressively ugly. The Breedlove family had the internalized belief that they were ugly. Many other aspects of their life made it hard for them to get out of poverty such as their self- hate and psychological issues. Pecola believed that if she had blue eyes she would be seen as beautiful by others. Shirley Temple is a cultural icon that was considered beautiful for her curly blonde hair and blue eyes.
Adults, older girls, shops, magazines, newspapers, window signs—all the world had agreed that a blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned doll was what every girl child treasured. Here, Claudia describes what everyone seems to believe to be the standard of beauty: a white girl with blue eyes and yellow hair. Frieda and Pecola both love playing with dolls that fit this description, and they both admire Shirley Temple. Accepting those qualities as the only traits that make someone beautiful is so ingrained in their society that they do not question whether anyone else can be beautiful. But their ugliness was unique. No one could have convinced them that they were not relentlessly and aggressively ugly.
Here, Claudia describes what everyone seems to believe to be the standard of beauty: a white girl with blue eyes and yellow hair. This standard is perpetuated.
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