Eyes Motif

Eyes Motif
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Eyes are a repetetive motif shown throughout this book. Tony Morrison creates a little girl that completely hates herself for whom and what she is, and can only except what her Master NArrative society tells her what it means to be accepted and beautiful. And thus, in order to be accepted as beautiful, you have to have blue eyes. The crave of blue eyes for PEcola shows that she wants to be like the others(white standards), she wonders that if she were to receive blue eyes that her perspective in a lot of things will change and everything around her such as family,friends,school, will all become a "good difference." This motif underlines the novel’s repeated concern for the difference between how we see and how we are seen, and the difference between superficial sight and true insight.

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  • when one of the girls at school wanted to be particularly insulting to a boy she could say...and never fail to get peals of laughter from from those in earshot, and mock anger from the accused.
  • Bobby loves Pecola Breedlove! ...Bobby loves Pecola Breedlove!
  • it had occur to Pecola some time ago that if her eyes, those eyes that held pictures, and knew the sights--if those eyes were different, that is to say, beautiful, she herself would be different.
  • Every night,without fail, she prayed for blue eye.
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