Characters in The Bluest Eye

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  • Pecola Breedlove
  • “How do you do that? I mean, how do you get somebody to love you?”
  • Claudia MacTeer
  • " I did not know why I destroyed those dolls. But I did know that nobody ever asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Had any adult with the power to fulfill my desires taken me seriously and asked me what I wanted, they would have known that I did not want to have anything to own, or to possess any object. I wanted rather to feel something on Christmas day."
  • Cholly Breedlove
  • No less did Cholly need her. She was one of the few things abhorrent to him that he could touch and therefore hurt. He poured out on her the sum of all his inarticulate fury and aborted desires. Hating her, he could leave himself intact.
  • The eleven-year-old protagonist in the novel who suffers from all forms of abuse from emotional to sexual. The string of abuse causes her to believe she is ugly and that beauty can be attainable if she has blue eyes.
  • The nine-year olf narrator of the novel who seeks to protect Pecola from the evil around her. She consistently questions the ideals of the adults around her and rejects the idea of white being the standard of beauty.
  • The damaged and irrational father of Pecola whose current persona is affected by years of abuse. He projects his abuse onto the women in his life and seems to only be able to show love through inflicting violence.
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