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Significance of Seasons in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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Joanna Beazley

on 23 February 2014

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Transcript of Significance of Seasons in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Traditionally, maturity and knowledge are associated with summer. However, Pecola loses knowledge in madness and finds comfort in an imaginary friend. This behavior she exhibits is childish, but Pecola is only a child herself.
Winter is usually the time where things die and return. There is no "new life" for Pecola; there is only false hope.
Fall is the embodiment of harvest time. Pecola's baby dies and no marigolds appear. Instead of bounteous wealth, there is an abundance of sadness.
In all, Morrison juxtaposes the seasons to create a cycle of unnatural events within a natural cycle, paralleling a life cycle with the seasonal cycle.
Significance of Seasons in
The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison
By Lisa Roberts and Joanna Beazley

Pecola gets pregnant by her father Cholly. This is a new life but this new life is destined to die.
This act and the baby are already impure and go against nature.
Morrison reverses the traditional symbolism of each season to show the unnatural events that occur within the novel.
Maureen is nice shortly but then calls Pecola ugly like everyone else. This is simply a continuation of the cold, harsh reality strengthened by the cold, harsh weather of winter.
Spring is rebirth. Morrison follows this theme but also includes harsh irony.
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