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"The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

Ap Lit Project

Shontice Butler

on 9 July 2012

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Transcript of "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye
By: Toni Morrison How Does She Do It? Read Carefully It's A Sign Back To The...Past? Unseen Beauty Question #1: Question #2: Question #3: Marigold Dandelion “Removing himself from her was so painful to him he cut it short and snatched his genitals out of the dry harbor of her vagina. She appeared to have fainted. Cholly stood up and could see only her grayish panties, so sad and limp around her ankles. Again the hatred mixed with tenderness. The hatred would not let him pick her up, the tenderness forced him to cover her.
“So when the child regained consciousness, she was lying on the kitchen floor under a heavy quilt, trying to connect the pain between her legs with the face of her mother looming over her.” (163) That's How
1) Morrison uses metaphors to emphasize the book’s meaning.
2) She uses direct language.
3) She describes harsh events without trying to dampen the effect.
4) She describes the characters as if detached from the actual story.
5) She uses the structure of the book to emphasize each chapter.
6) She describes complicated events in a simple way.
Which line contains the use of irony?
a) “Removing himself from her was so painful…”
b) “Again the hatred mixed with the tenderness.”
c) “She was lying on the kitchen floor…”
d) “…her mother looming over her.”
e) Both a and b "She was never able, after her education and the movies, to look at a face and not assign it some category in the scale of absolute beauty, and the scale was one she absorbed in full from the silver screen. There at last where the darkened woods, the lonely roads, the river banks, the gentle knowing eyes. There the flawed became whole, the blind sided, and the lame and the halt threw away their crutches. There death was dead, and people made every gesture in a cloud of music. There the black-and-white images came together, making a magnificent whole--all projected through the ray of light from above and behind." (122) 1) Which two ideas clash in the passage?
a. Sight and sound
b. Nature and Death
c. Nature and Beauty
d. Life and Death
e. Man and Nature 2) What type of figurative language does Morrison use to help create the images?
a. Personification
b. Assonance
c. Metaphor and simile
d. Paradox
e. Consonance 3) Which of the following phrases was meant to contain a double meaning?
a. "...after her education in the movies..."
b. "...the black-and-white images came together..."
c. "...people made every gesture in a cloud of music."
d. "There the flawed became whole..."
e. "There death was dead..." 2) "It was as though some mysterious all-knowing master had given each one a cloak of ugliness to wear, and they had each accepted it without question."39) 3) "They are ugly, they are weeds." (50) 4) "Guileless and without vanity, we were1 still in love with ourselves then. We felt comfortable in our skins, enjoyed the news that our senses related to us, admired our dirt, cultivated our scars, and could not comprehend this unworthiness." (74) 5) "Black people were not allowed in the park, and so it filled our dreams." (105) 6) “Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another—physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought.” (122) 7) “Then Pecola asked a question that had never entered my mind. ‘How do you do that? I mean, how do you get somebody to love you?’ But Frieda was asleep. And I didn’t know.” (33) 8) "Anger is better. There is a sense of being in anger. A reality and presence. An awareness of worth. It is a lovely surging." (50) 1) "I could not love it. But I could examine it to see what it was that all the world said was loveable." (21) 9) "I am cute. And you ugly! Black and ugly black e mos. I am cute!" (73) 10) “Love is never better than the lover.” (206) Morrison Said So 1) "Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; it does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." 2) "Until that moment I had seen the pretty, the lovely, the nice, the ugly, and although I had certainly the word 'beautiful,' I had never experienced its shock--the force of which was equaled by the knowledge that no one recognized it." 3) "With very few exceptions, the initial publication of The Bluest Eye was like Pecola's life: dismissed, trivialized, and misread." 4) "I looked around to picture her with them (blue eyes) and was violently repelled by what I imagined she would look like if she had her wish." 5) "Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another." I Don't Know What That Means 1929: Novel Begins (after
the Great Depression) 1941: Novel Ends 1910: Great Migration
of African Americans -
Pauline and Cholly's move
to Ohio from the south 1960s: Civil Rights and Black
is Beautiful Movement 1940: 2nd Great Migration
for the townspeople with
Urban skills 1939: American
Isolationism 1993: Toni Morrison
wins the Nobel Prize for The Bluest Eye 1949: Morrison graduates
from Lorain High School 1964: Morrison divorced
her husband and tries
to support her two sons Ameliorate Jaundice Surreptitiously Rheumatism Mascadine Predilection Acridness Acquiescence Harridan Abatement suppression or termination a scolding, vicious woman;hag assent without protest sharp or biting to
the taste or smell a preference or special liking for something pain disorder of the joints obtained, done, made by sleath;
secret or unauthorized state of feeling in which views are
prejudiced or judgment to make or become better, more bearable,
or more satisfactory; improve The Bluest Eye Spring Winter Summer Autumn Morrison's depiction of Poland, China, and the Maginot Line.
Use of imagery on the Breedlove's home gives away the vibe of their life
Harvested the crops/seeds of racism, poverty, and anger
Pecola's baby dies See characters of color and shows several examples of racism.
Economic problems/ social problems
Characters stayed inside the house to keep warm
Harsh life just how it is reflected in her father Cholly's face. Segregation between the South and North
This season is a time for renewal and rebirth which reminds Claudia is being whipped by twigs.
Raped by her father and the marigolds don't bloom which is a sign of disruption in the natural force. Storm connotation
Summer is the fulfillment of the year: Pecola's life ends ironically in which her baby dies, the fulfillment of her life is madness
No marigolds bloom that year Emphasizes the adjectives before "love" and "beauty" as being destructive Beauty isn't based on our outer appearance, it is found within us and it is a choice to allow it to shine. Ugliness is a choice. Society's opinion on circumstances are easily fell captive to. Confidence is ones own self-image that has the power to prevail over the preconceived notions of society. Typically what we can't have, is what we long for. Confidence in one's own self-image, inside and out, prevails over the preconceived notions of society. Remember: You're beautiful, just the way you are. a grape Typically what we can't have is what we long for. *Society Love takes time to develop; one can't assume it will always be there. Musical Composition
by: Shelby Naar
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