Thursday, September 20, 2012

Final Casement

                                                                                        Bluer than Mine...
It's easy to read the final chapter quickly, since it consists mostly of rapid dialogue between Pecola and what appears to be an imaginary friend. Essentially, Pecola convinces herself that the reason no one talks to her and the reason her own mother can't make eye contact with her is because everyone is jealous of her eyes. It's just too hard, and Pecola is too darn young, to admit that the real reason she is being ignored is because she was raped by her father and delivered his child.  Nonetheless, Pecola is happy.

How does the final casement affect the work as a whole? Should the reader find consolance in that Pecola is "happy"?

Refuge in How

What Do You Think...
          Claudia states: There is really nothing more to say -- except why. But since why is difficult to
           handle, one must take refuge in how.
Does Morrison succeed in explaining how? Consider discussing the following people as you answer this question: Mrs. Breedlove, Cholly, and Soaphead Church.  Make sure you appropriately respond to at least three of your peers posts.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Allusions and Cultural References

The Bluest Eye Allusions & Cultural References
         When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why. For each of the references below, write a brief summary of the work, character, or event. Then choose one of Morrison's allusions and discuss it importance to the work as a whole as your blog post. Do not forget to respond to at least two of your peers' posts.  All responses should be highly structured and demonstrate a comprehension of the English language. 

Foil Characters

Author's Use of Character Foil
A foil, or foil character, is a character in a story that acts in a drastically different way than the main protagonist in order to show the strong differences between the characters. The term comes from jewelers, who would use dull bases and stands to make shiny gems appear shinier.  In a highly structured paragraph, explain how Morrison uses character foils to illuminate specific traits in one of the main characters.  Do not forget to respond to at least two of your peers' responses.