Symbolism in The Bluest Eye by MikeJenny


									Symbolism in The Bluest Eye

              Bluest Eye(s)
  Represents white beauty
  Symbolises her own blindness – she gains but
  loses her sanity
  Use of singular form in the title suggests the
  isolation of the character of Pecola

“But suppose my eyes aren‟t blue enough?
Blue enough for what?
Blue enough for… you!”
              The Marigolds
  Associated with safety and hope by Claudia and
  Frieda, seen as key to saving Pecola‟s baby
  Represent „circle of life‟ as the marigolds are
  mentioned at the beginning of the novel –
  reference at the end completes the circle
  Sacrifice of money and marigolds ceremonial

“Quiet as it‟s kept, there were no marigolds in the
  fall of 1941.”
                 The House
  Class status
  The characters within them
  Breedlove: miserable, untidy – Mrs. Breedlove
  prefers her employer‟s home
  MacTeer: drafty, dark, however tended by Mrs.
  MacTeer and filled with love

“Here is the house. It is green and white. It has a
  red door. It is very pretty…”
  Pecola thinks they‟re pretty, however everyone
  else thinks they‟re ugly
  Represent beauty at first, in the eyes of Pecola,
  but after her encounter with the shopkeeper,
  they represent ugliness

“Why, she wonders, do people call them weeds?
  She thought they were pretty.”

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