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  • Unfortunately, he cannot send his anger on the two white men so it becomes distorted into hat[ing Darlene] (148)

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      Tony Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye, is a great portrait of character’s alienation from the world as a result of loss of community and connection to the past and as a start of sadness, solitude and madness. this novel really helps the reader understand that an act can always be explicated. For instance in this novel, cholly’s incest can be justified by teh lack of love and boundaries he received at his younger age.

      This book is also a great representation of racim during this period. here is an analysis of some of the theme presents in this novel: Cholly Breedlove suffers alienation from ” four days old, [when] his mother placed him on a junk heap by the railroad (132)” though his Aunt Jimmy rescues him after. His aunt dies and his father reject him, he has neither a connection to the past nor a shared identity.

      As well, all sense of a natural innocence giving way to adolescent romance is distorted when he is forced by two white men to make love to Darlene. Unfortunately, he cannot send his anger on the two white men so it becomes distorted into ” hat[ing Darlene]”(148). He

      realizes he misses the boundaries given by his aunt and loses himself in a dangerously free world. This alienation from his family roots leads him to incest; by having been alienated at an early age, he does not know how to raise children and, therefore, rapes his own daughter to show her he loves her: ” again the hatred mixed with tenderness”(163). Cholly is confused and alienated from the civil, reasonable habits of a society because he has a lack of interest in life.

      Pauline’s existence is as alienated as Cholly’s. At two years old she steps on a nail, this incident gets her the attention she needs but it does not prevent her from feeling lonely. The first person who helps her to leave this solitude is Cholly. He makes feel happy, she eventually gets married. Her life becomes colorful and loves is represented by the metaphor of a rainbow.

      Therefore she is completely bullied under the white society; she admires whites women, and spends her time at movies theater because she truly believed these are source of happiness. She feels completely worthless and humiliated compared to the white people. She sees herself as ugly because of ...

      • her foot. When she loses her tooth while eating a candy she lose her entire self-confidence. Her daily life does not keep her from becoming alienated because she already feels lonely by being alone in a small apartment while Cholly works all day.

        She is also unable to make friends. Trying to become accepted by other women by changing her lifestyle, clothes and face does not help her to become stronger. She surrounds herself with daydreaming to get her through her difficulties. She admits that the “Only thing [she] miss[es] sometimes is that rainbow” (p. 131).

        She immerses herself into a fantasy of white and bright colors by working in a white family. She wants to alienate herself and be separated from her own family. She becomes separated from her own family. The main character that endures alienation and separation is Pecola. The story starts with her entrance into puberty.

        She has her menstruation and feels lonely because she does not know how to handle this situation. She is lost in her uneducated childhood, innocent and naïve. She sees herself as ugly because she is immersed in the perfect world of Shirley Temple, the norms of society and

        also her mother (who already has lost her self-confidence) makes her feel isolated and different. Pecola wants to disappear. After being raped, Pecola is completely rejected by her family and even her only two friends, Claudia and Frieda, are ” embarrassed for her” (190).

        Pecola loses her connection to the world, becomes insane, and creates her own world of self-delusions. She believes her wish of obtaining blue eyes has been granted and creates an imaginary friend. She also rationalizes the idea that the world is avoiding her: “ever since I got my blue eyes, she look away from me all the time”(195). Pecola is confronted between her conscience and her imagination. She wants to have the bluest eyes, and believes she has them, when in reality she is the saddest and suffers from solitude.

        She is afraid to lose her own imagination: “Don’t go. Don’t leave me. Will you come back if I get them” (205). Pecola suffers from the insanity of her parents and her own, which leads her to alienate herself. The characters of this novel are forced to alienate themselves because they suffer from a loss of identity and community.

        This solitude leads to many dreadful consequences such as insanity or lack of responsibility.

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