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ENGA11H3 Lecture Notes - The Bluest Eye, Jean Harlow, Pecola

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Alexandra Flynn

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The bluest eye
The system: that sees the white girl as dominate and her as inferior
Adjustement without inmprovement
Charcaters to become white : whiteness :
Mr. Briela, Gerenline : connect due to law of blue eye, neglect and abuse their own children
Their children bodies; policing their children and respecting what is good or bad behaviour
Geraldine did not like Juniors to play with niggers..threaten to erode .
Obsessed to become white that even her own sson ; is dirty : ( junior)no sense of being valued
for himself
Juniro: actual wants to stain her mothers white junior feels anger throws the cat at her and
locks her up and ( false power by being agrresive is back firing)
Junior kills his mothers cat
o Anger, aggressiveness,
o Violence breaking through comfort
o Junior externalizes his anger
o Victims become victimizers : not real strength but reactionary : have similar goasl : get
rid of unbearable suffering
o Pecolas mother white superiority and white romance
o White romance: Jean Harlow: how white person should be loved
o Pauline : she feels that envy through the security, process of internalizing and onto
disillusing of herself
Jean Harlow and Pauline Breedlove
o Both originate in envy, thrived insecurity and ended in disillusion.. the svale was on she
absorbed in full from the silver screen
o Makes her marriage, home, body unbearable
o What she that was normal: lust, and simple is not ideal
o She has hair done and acts like a movie star: she loses a tooth :
o Charlie starts to tease her : she can’t get fixed : she just stops caring, broken, powerless,
then she gives birth to her children: smart but ugly
o Her husband abuses them but the rest of the family wore their ugliness
The bluest eye
o Mrs. Breedlove, Sammy Breedlove, and Pecola Breedlove: ugly
o Ugliness came from conviction, their conviction: someone gave it to them and they
accepted it
o Brutal depiction of internalization
o Mrs. Breedlove: she internalizes her ugliness and leaves her family and house takes care
of white girl instead of her kids, she doesn’t nurture her own child
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