The Bluest Eye: 82-109
In order to distill this section’s meaning and to elicit as many insights from
as many of you as possible, form small groups of no more than three to
discuss and answer the questio ns below. A few guidelines:
Groups larger than three members incur a 10% per extra person penalty.
This applies to compound groups—two groups that end up combining
to form one.
Each response should be four sentences or more, including a specific textual reference, to earn full
1. What is the speaker’s attitude about “Mobile girls?” Describe it and provide 1-2 quotes as support.
2. Where does this attitude change, and to what does it change? Describe and provide 1-2 quotes as
3. Study Pecola and the cat. What draws them together? It comes from more than just the mo ment
they share on page 90.
4. Modern sociologists claim that there is a growing gap in the black community, a gap so large that
we can no lo nger talk about one black co mmunity, and there are now several black co mmunities
that do not necessarily like each other. When yo u look at Junior’s mother’s comment to Pecola
near the end of “Autumn,” you should be able to explain two of these communites: what are their
values, their reputatio ns, and their attitudes about each other? You might have to look to the
beginning of today’s reading for evidence…
5. Explain why Frieda and Claudia want to find Pecola.
6. Who is Polly? Why is it important for us to know who she is and how she treats Pecola and the
little girl in pink?
7. In the closing scene, Morrison does a nice job of borrowing from the spilled pie to create some
nice imagery. What similes or metaphors does she borrow to describe how people in this scene
speak or act?