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Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye           A presentation by   SungHyeog Park, Jackie Scher, and              Dylan Fowler
The Author: Toni Morrison• African-American novelist, editor, and  professor• Born in Lorain, Ohio• Wrote ten novels• The ...
The Bluest Eye: A Banned Book• Challenged and banned by several school  districts for its explicit sexual content• Never b...
Plot Summary• The prologue begins by describing a picturesque family and  their house• Claudia, the narrator of the prolog...
Plot Summary• Pecola describes her previous living situation to the reader.• While her parents were fighting, Pecola prays...
Plot Summary• The new girl at school, Maureen Peal, enchants her  classmates and is the envy of Frieda and Claudia• On the...
Key Words• Roomer: a tenant (used to describe Mr. Henry)• Outdoors: Homelessness• Switch: A flexible rod used for corporal...
Themes• Whiteness as the Standard of Beauty• The Ways Race and Class affect positions in  Society• Sex and Love• Perceptio...
Modern Relevance: Ukrainian Barbie
Discussion Questions• What role does nature play in the novel?• How does the idea of beauty imposed on  Claudia and Pecola...
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  1. 1. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye A presentation by SungHyeog Park, Jackie Scher, and Dylan Fowler
  2. 2. The Author: Toni Morrison• African-American novelist, editor, and professor• Born in Lorain, Ohio• Wrote ten novels• The first, The Bluest Eye was published in 1970• Has received the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize in Literature among other awards
  3. 3. The Bluest Eye: A Banned Book• Challenged and banned by several school districts for its explicit sexual content• Never banned by the Federal Government• Most recent example: – Challenged in 2012 in Connecticut’s Brookfield High School curriculum
  4. 4. Plot Summary• The prologue begins by describing a picturesque family and their house• Claudia, the narrator of the prologue, believes that there were no marigolds in the Fall of 1941 because Pecola was having her father’s baby• The novel begins with the Macteer household gaining two new members, Mr. Henry and Pecola Breedlove• Two major moments in Pecola’s maturation occur – Pecola receiving her first period – When Pecola and Claudia begin to wonder how they could get someone to love them
  5. 5. Plot Summary• Pecola describes her previous living situation to the reader.• While her parents were fighting, Pecola prays for blue eyes and says that she has been praying for that for years.• Later, a store clerk refuses to fully acknowledge Pecola when she is purchasing candy.• Pecola longs to be like the blue eyed blonde haird girl on the candy wrapper.• Pecola visits the three prostitutes that live above her family’s storefront apartment
  6. 6. Plot Summary• The new girl at school, Maureen Peal, enchants her classmates and is the envy of Frieda and Claudia• On the walk home from school one day, Frieda, Claudia, and Maureen stop a group of boys from bullying Pecola• The girls have a falling out with Maureen and Maureen calls them ugly• At home, Claudia and Frieda encounter Henry with two of the prostitutes introduced earlier in the novel
  7. 7. Key Words• Roomer: a tenant (used to describe Mr. Henry)• Outdoors: Homelessness• Switch: A flexible rod used for corporal punishment• Mary Janes: Peanut butter and molasses candy that depicts a Caucasian girl on its wrapper• High yellow dream child: A light-skinned person of mixed Caucasian and African heritage (used to describe Maureen)
  8. 8. Themes• Whiteness as the Standard of Beauty• The Ways Race and Class affect positions in Society• Sex and Love• Perception vs. How One is Perceived
  9. 9. Modern Relevance: Ukrainian Barbie
  10. 10. Discussion Questions• What role does nature play in the novel?• How does the idea of beauty imposed on Claudia and Pecola affect their actions in throught this part of the novel?• What are some other modern examples of society’s description of beauty negatively impacting individuals?

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