‘The Bluest Eye’ by Toni Morrison is a book about finding and accepting your true beauty. It is a novel that states; if we try and see through a different perspective, we might actually be able to find that we have the strength to accomplish whatever we want. The Breedlove’s- a poor, black family- can’t seem to overcome the obstacles life has made for them. They don’t know how to cope with everyday struggles. They don’t know how to get someone to listen to them, how to love someone, or how to become beautiful. The Breedlove’s can’t seem to find an answer to any of these points- and neither can the rest of the world.
How do you get someone to listen to you? This is a question Pauline Breedlove has asked herself many a times. ‘Domestic Abuse is a physical assault that is used by one person in a relationship to control the other. ’ Morrison created characters such as Cholly and Pauline Breedlove, who would often fight verbally, and physically. ‘She needed Cholly’s sins desperately. The lower he sank, the wild more irresponsible he became, the more splendid she and her task became… No less did Cholly need her. She was one of the few things abhorrent to him that he could touch and therefore hurt… Morrison makes it clear that both characters Pauline and Cholly, need each other. She states that her characters abuse each other, because they think these actions give their lives meaning. They hurt each other as an excuse for excitement and revenge in their life. Similarly in 2009, 19 year old Chris Brown, was arrested for alleged domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend, 20 year old Robyn Rihanna Fenty. According to a February 9, 2009 article, she was found beaten in Brown’s car the night of the 2009 Grammy Awards. The couple were reportedly fighting over a text Brown received.
Brown was said to have threatened and choked the pop singer before she became unconscious. This was Brown’s first public act of domestic violence. However, After the incident, close friends and family told the media that this was probably not the first time he had abused her. What makes people feel the need to abuse their partners? Well, Women’s Web states that people who participate in domestic abuse usually have low self-esteem, or can’t cope with the other person in a nonaggressive way- but for Chris and Pauline it is different. Chris grew up with his mother being a victim of domestic violence, which could have contributed to the case.
Pauline on the other hand, chooses to abuse and be abused by her husband- but it is also made clear that it ruins her. How do you love someone? This is a question that Cholly Breedlove did not know how to answer. Months after marrying and having two children with Pauline, he started to feel trapped. They would start to fight and bicker, and he would often come home drunk. ‘Having no idea of how to raise children, and having never watched any parent raise himself, he could not even comprehend what such a relationship should be… ’ One day, he came home drunk- and saw his daughter Pecola washing dishes.
Lust began to control him, and he decided to rape her. Likewise, just months ago- a 73 year old Josef Fritzl admitted to trapping his daughter in his basement, and forcing her to have seven children with her. According to a CTV News story produced on March 16, 2009; ‘Prosecutors allege Fritzl imprisoned his daughter, Elizabeth, for 24 years in a damp dungeon he built beneath his home. ’ He was faced with life imprisonment for committing false imprisonment, and incest. ‘Lust is an inordinate craving for sexual intercourse often to the point of assuming a self-indulgent, and sometimes violent character. Cholly and Fritzl both had this craving of lust, and did not know how to control it. How do you become beautiful? This is a question Pecola Breedlove wishes she could solve. She prays and wishes for blue eyes, but God never answers her prayers. ‘Pretty eyes. Pretty blue eyes. Big blue pretty eyes… ’ She wants blue eyes, so that she can change how others see her. She wants to be seen as beautiful, in a society that thinks she is ugly. The media influences our world so easily- you’re too thin, too big, too short, or too tall.
BBC News produce a story conducted in February 2007, dealing with how the media influences girls to think beauty lies in what we see in magazines, T. V. , movies, etc. They conducted studies that showed magazines, video games, T. V. , music videos, etc. all have a dramatic effect on young girls self esteem. ‘Sexualization can lead to a lack of confidence with their bodies as well as depression and eating disorders. ’ Just like Pecola, ‘role models’ and figures in society perceive beauty one way- and young girls believe they must look like these people in order to be seen as beautiful.
In conclusion, Pecola did not find and accept herself for the girl she was, therefore she lost everything that was important to her- her friends, family, and ultimately herself. The issues the Breedlove’s go through could have been overcome easily by searching for the answers: they needed to learn how to forgive someone, learn how to handle vice with self-control, and learn to believe in themselves. The Breedlove’s could not seem to answer these questions, and although our world can’t either- we can try.