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Exposition Presentation on The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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Jayliena Le'i

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Transcript of Exposition Presentation on The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Biographical Information about the Author
Chloe Anthony Wofford
Born in Lorain, Ohio on February 18, 1931 (now 84 years old)
Began her first novel in a writing group in Howard
Other best known novels are
Song of Solomon
Historical Background
In 1863, Emancipation Proclamation was signed and abolished slavery
African - Americans and people of other races were still facing segregation
Coming-of-age: A genre that focuses on the growth of the protagonist, from youth to adulthood

Tragedy: A serious drama in which a central character, the protagonist meets with disaster through personal problems and other things they have no control over.
Literal Plot
The Macteer household shelters Pecola Breedlove, a girl who has problems in her household, with her abusive father, who tried to burn down their house. Pecola, the protagonist, goes through the problems of being abused by different people in the community, and has to deal with the everyday arguments of her parents once she moves back in with them. She finally starts to believe the insults of everyone around her, and believes that the only way to be loved is to have blue eyes.
This story is told in chronological order

Chronological Order: A story that is told in the order that the events actually happened
Point of View
Third Person Omniscient
Told in the point of view of young Claudia, as well as Claudia as an adult
Exposition Presentation on
The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

"Toni Morrison." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.
"Historical Background and Setting." The Bluest Eye. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.
SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2015.
Created by : Jayliena Le'i
-Takes place in 1941
-Lorain, Ohio

"Quiet as it’s kept, there were no marigolds in the fall of
1941, " (Morrison).
Pecola Breedlove- fragile, shy, lost

" And Pecola. She hid behind hers. Concealed, veiled,
eclipsed—peeping out from behind the shroud very seldom,
and then only to yearn for the return of her mask," (Morrison 39).


Claudia Macteer - stubborn, confident, brave

(Morrison 66)

-Foil Character
Freida Macteer- protective of family, stubburn, more controlled than Claudia, brave

"Then Frieda, with set lips and Mama’s
eyes, snatched her coat from her head and threw it on the ground. She ran toward them and brought her books down on Woodrow Cain’s head," (Morrison 66).

-Foil Character

Cholly Breedlove - greedy, full of hate

"He fought her the way a coward fights a man—with feet, the
palms of his hands, and teeth," (Morrison 43).

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