“The easiest thing to do would be …”– Page 110
On page 111, the author depicts, “Her general feeling of separateness and unworthiness she blamed on her foot”. Here we find out Polly’s feelings on her self image. The Breedlove sare described as such an ugly family and this quote goes into detail about what makes Mrs.Breedlove ugly in her own opinion. It isn’t her facial features, hair, skin tone, or figure that she despises but rather the functionality of her foot. Here she uses her foot as an excuse for her feelings of not fitting into society’s standards. We have and come to know this build up of anger from her imperfections is taken out physically and verbally on her family despite her limitations.
This chapter is about Pauline and Cholly meeting and marrying, eventually moving up north. Pauline hates this and this begins all of the issues in their marriage. She gives up on beauty after failed dental hygiene and fails to even love her own children, working hard to escape the reality of it all.
In this section, Mrs. Breedlove’s childhood is portrayed and gives knowledge concerning why she acts the manner in which she does. She makes the most of her adolescence, regardless of strolling with a consistent limp as a result of a mishap that occurred when she was two years of age. I find it inspiring that she keeps in high spirits and does’t let her deficiency bother her. She needs to be strong and not care what others think. Later in life, she gets nervous and pressured, which leads to her running off and wedding Cholly Breedlove. There marriage is harsh and not healthy. Cholly’s drinking ism uncontrollable and harmful to the family. This was seen back in an earlier chapter. I feel like this section fabricates compassion for Mrs. Breedlove. It kind of gives you a different, more sympathetic look into her life and background and the problems she faces everyday such as her husband.
Story starts off with a flashback of Polly Breedlove to which she was known as then as Pauline Williams, so I guess Polly was her nickname. She lived a happy life and enjoyed her childhood, but reaching her teenage years she yearns of someone who will take her away. Soon enough she finds someone, Cholly Breedlove. They fall in love together and they marry, but life became more difficult. They moved up north and was different from everyone due to her living in the south. This made Polly feel isolated and started to want clothing, but Cholly argues with her about spending the money which led to Cholly’s drinking problem. Cholly gets Polly (hey that rhymes) pregnant and Cholly is happy about it. He comes home more often, but Polly still feels alone. After giving birth to the first baby, it did not fill the void in her life that he was missing. The second baby, however, made Polly vow to love the baby no matter what, and the baby was ugly. Polly thought that loving this baby would fill the void in her life. Later on in life Polly makes a decent living, but neglects her household life.
This chapter describes Mrs. Breedlove (Pauline Williams’) early life and provides insight as to why she acts the way she does. She enjoyed her childhood, despite walking with a constant limp because of an accident that took place when she was two years old. However, she grows restless as she gets older, which ultimately results in her running off and marrying Cholly Breedlove. Their marriage begins nicely, but grows worse over the years along with Cholly’s drinking. It is revealed to the reader that at one time Mrs. Breedlove just wanted to love her family, but over time became much more concerned in her work as it provided an escape and some sort of enjoyment for her. This chapter builds sympathy for Mrs. Breedlove and allows the reader to understand her motives. I feel bad for Ms. breedlove because she did not intentionally neglect her family, but her difficult life following her marrying Cholly is responsible for actions.
This chapter focuses on the life of Mrs. Breedlove, mostly her relationship with Cholly. It talks about how things were when she was young, how Cholly made her feel the colors of her youth. They wanted a life together, one where he provided and she took care of the home. But over time he stopped caring about doing that and spending money on alcohol, so she stopped caring about the home. She wanted money for clothes and material things to look better to the other women. She craved approval, and it drove her to make her own money. However Cholly held her back from the things she wanted. She lost her job because she wouldn’t leave him, and when she got close he managed to keep her. He would do things every once in a while that made her feel young again, and feel the things she did at the beginning. When she had her son, things seemed better with Cholly, but quickly turned back. Her second child was not her solution she wished for, and it only drove her to hurt her children. She cared more about the family she worked for than her own, and it takes its toll on her children. They probably would’ve been better off without her neglect, but Cholly managed to keep her. There is a lot of neglect in this story, and it shows because of all kinds of reasons, but the result seems to be the same. Children who don’t understand the things going on around them, and crave any type of affection, which makes them vulnerable to predators around them.
Chapter 7 discusses a story about Mrs. Breedlove. They introduce her as Pauline Williams. She believes that when she stepped on a nail as a child that determined her destiny. When this happened she met Mr. Breedlove and got married, became a housekeeper and then got pregnant. With the new story of her the author seems to want the reader to maybe change their opinion on Mrs. Breedlove and feel for her.
In chapter 7, the narrator/author recounts Mrs. Breedlove’s story. She believes that when she stepped on a nail at a young age that is determined her destiny. Also she believes that being isolated from her family made her create her own pleasure and be a neat person in her messy life. At the age of fifteen, she dreams of a man who will take her away, then she meet Mr. Breedlove, a stranger at the time. They marry, she gets a job as a housekeeper, and becomes pregnant. She soon forms the idea of beauty and love from movie and that leads to the Breedloves constant fighting. Se tries to fill the emptiness in her life with her children but she feels that they are ugly just like her. Although Mrs. Breedlove is seen as a victim of circumstances and has particle blame in her own fate, I still don’t like her. She is mean to her children and doesn’t do any really care giving to them. Also, what good mother believes that her children are ugly?
This chapter features Mrs. Breedlove’s tale. In her younger days she was known as Pauline Williams. At the age of two, she impales her foot with a sharp nail, causing her to walk with a limp. She believes that this may have caused her destiny. She finds her love for arranging thinks, and making areas neat and tidy. I enjoyed learning more about the members of the Breedlove family, and Pauline’s story unfolds, We learn why she behaves a certain way, and the audience can understand more about this character now with a new perspective.
We are given the backstory of Penola’s mother, Pauline Breedlove. She grew up happy and content with her life but eventually grew tired of the same things which made her restless. She moved to a new place where she met Cholly Breedlove who soon became the love of her life. They were a happy couple in the beginning and seemed to have the kind of love that everyone wanted. After they moved to Ohio, the honeymoon phase ended and they started to argue a lot and it grew into what he have seen earlier in the book, all the hate and unhappiness between them. Pauline then became pregnant which temporarily made things better… but not for very long. They mutual hatred grew and the issues expanded. Hearing the upbringing and struggles pauline has faced definetely earns her some sympathy points but it still does not justify her behavior throughout the book and to her daughter especially. Pecola had no chance of ever believing in herself because from the moment she was born her mother thought she was “ugly”. You would think that because Pauline knows how it feels to be treated so poorly, she would treat her own kids better but that is not the case.
This chapter detailed the rise and collapse of the love between the Breedlove parents. I was met with a very pleasant story detailing their meeting and the kindness of Cholly, developing the romance, marriage, and relocation of the two. When Cholly worked, Pauline became lonely, unable to fit in in the urban setting. I feel things wouldn’t have gotten so bad if she had asked Cholly for help on how to fit in. Cholly did not like full dependence and Pauline searched for a way to fit it. Both had different focuses for money, although both unnecessary, which caused problems. Cholly reverted back to his old self when a baby was brought in to the equation but vanity broke it down. Children then became a source of stress as money and love faded. It the end they seem to lose all sense of attachment; emotional, spiritual, and physical. It is a reminder to me of the constant work a relationship takes, as well as puts fear in me for starting a relationship too young.
Throughout the book, Morrison uses the technique of shifting perspectives so the readers can see the story in different ways. In this chapter, we see a different take on the story from the perspective of Pecola’s mother. Most of us are ready to condemn her in the previous chapter because of how poorly she treats her daughter. Seeing the story from her perspective, however, we learn why she behaves the way she does. This causes my perception of what happened to be complicated by her past. It shows that like most other characters in the book, she is a victim of poor circumstances and has almost chosen her own fate. Does this mean I forgive her for how she treated her daughter? No, but it does explain why she acted the way she did which allows us to sympathize with the experiences that made these choices seem necessary.
This chapter focuses on Mrs. Breedlove and her past. The narration in this chapter is a little different, starting with the normal 1st person narration looking in on the story, but then it introduces these little quoted first person excerpts with the ideas and feelings of the person being spoken about becoming the narrator for a bit. It reads as if a narrator is explaining someone’s life, and then reads part of a note they wrote about that time or experience in their life. This narration helps to add some more volume and certainty to the claims the narrator is making, because the information is being drawn from these notes or letters. Some questions about Mrs. Breedlove from past chapters are answered in this one, for instance why she married Cholly, and why she treats her family the way she does. I feel bad for the way she was treated when she moved up north, however how she treats her own family and children compared to the Fishers makes me sick. Her children didn’t do anything to deserve this kind of pain and neglect, however simply because of her father and since her mother thought they were “ugly” and only her work meant something to her, Mrs. Breedlove felt no remorse in acting this way towards them.