The Seasons (Motif)
Bluest Eye (Symbolism)
The novel is divided by the four seasons. However, the characters emotions and actions differ from the expectations of the seasons. Spring in society is a time of renewal and happiness as winter has come to a close. However in the novel, spring is the season where Pecola is raped and Claudia thinks of being whipped underlining the unusualness and suffering of the characters.
Homes in the novel are symbolic as they represent the emotional and economic statuses of the families. The Breedlove apartment is in shambles and in a terrible state as a result of Mrs. Breedlove preferring the homes of her employers. The MacTeer home on the other hand is well maintained and the MacTeer family reflects this as they share love for each other and hold strong emotional bonds.
In the novel blue eyes represent beauty and happiness and are possessed by the middle class white society. The blue eyes also symbolize blindness as after Pecola is raped by her father she gains blue eyes but at the cost of her sanity and therefore "vision".
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