In The Bluest Eye, the novelist, Toni Morrison, uses the blue eyes, white and green house, cat and the head of a dandelion as symbols to illustrate such concepts as the superiority of one group over another. She writes that the ideas people receive and their surroundings influence people greatly.
These included a review of the thesis statement, the line of reasoning, the lead-in to a particular piece of evidence, analysis after a quote, the need for greater clarity in any given part, creative use of new and different wording, and other similar points.
Our instructor then required us to change every sentence and to write an explanation comparing the old sentence to the new. Finally, we were able to turn in our completed essay. Fortunately, he accepted our papers as satisfactory.
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For those who have not read the book, it may be helpful to know that Toni Morrison uses blue eyes to symbolize perfection and, in the larger sense, the prejudice that people without blue eyes experience in her novel.
Toni Morrison's main theme is that perfection is not always what it appears to be.
In conclusion, Morrison uses the blue eyes, the cat, and the green and white house to symbolize the fact that such symbols used effectively influence people.
introduction, body, and conclusion structure), the essay was to be on themes in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and written on the college level in the MLA style. Some of the main requirements included having a strong thesis statement, a line of reasoning and relevant quotes which support the thesis, a thorough analysis of thematic ideas and the intent of the author, and an original conclusion.
After we finished reading the book, we began to form ideas for the thesis statement and gather appropriate quotes.
Blue eyes seem to symbolize the cultural beauty and cachet attributed to whiteness in America. Different characters respond to blue eyes in different ways. Claudia, for example, resents the blue eyes of her white dolls, viewing their association with beauty ironically and with disdain. For Pecola, however, blue eyes are something to strive for. She believes that having blue eyes would change the way other people see her, giving her something white America values as beautiful. Even more interestingly, she believes she would things differently through blue eyes, that they would somehow give her the relatively carefree life of a white, middle-class child.
In part because of her low self-esteem as a poor black child, Pecola does not believe in her own beauty or her own free will. She spends her life praying for a miracle because she cannot conceive of being able to change her life on her own.
We also like the idea that "blue" can refer to sadness. When Pecola believes she has acquired blue eyes at the end of the novel, we might understand her as actually having the eyes of anyone in the novel.
Another idea she uses is that dandelions, considered an unattractive weed, symbolize the internal observations of the character Pecola, who believes that she is not attractive.
In The Bluest Eye, the character Pecola wishes for blue eyes, believing that if she receives them, her life will be better and she will be attractive to others.
With these ideas, Morrison implies that the concept of not equaling the image of beauty society provides causes one to feel that he/she is not attractive.
In conclusion, people recognize that Toni Morrison uses symbols such as dandelions and blue eyes to denote the absence of beauty and the picture of beauty respectively that society imposes on us.