“I have only to break into …”– Page 187
In this chapter the community know has knowledge about Pecola being raped and impregnated by her father. Despite the majority of people lacking sympathy for Pecola’s situation, no one really does anything to help. Those who feel pity remain turned away, not willing to help. However, we discover the perspective of Freida and Claudia opposing others. They admire Pecola’s willingness to remain in public and truly feel sad for her. They feel, “She is strong, smiling, and relaxed while the world falls down…” (pg 187). This perspective is refreshing, as so little moral has been held within the community prior, it’s good to see someone still cares about more that their own struggles. It almost feels like people are just making sure they are better that someone in order to fit in. Here the theme of fitting in is heavily opposed with Claudia and Freida’s feelings as well as Pecola’s appearance.
Chapter ten is about the community undecided on if Pecola is to blame of her pregnancy. The innocence of Claudia and Frieda are extremely evident when they don’t understand why it mattered if Cholly was the father of the baby or not. Planting seeds, they used them as a sign to let Pecola’s baby live if the seeds grew and sprouted.
As summer begins, Claudia and Freida are selling marigold seeds to buy a new bike. In doing so, they learn that Cholly impregnated Pecola. The girls feel bad for Pecola and do not understand why the adults around them do not share this feeling. The conversations among the adults that the girls overhear are all similar. they place the blame on both Cholly and Pecola and think it would be best if the baby died. The girls, especially Claudia disagree, as they still do not understand how one becomes pregnant. The girls decide to pray for Pecola and sacrifice their marigold seed money by planting them. This chapter reveals the girls’ innocence as they do not understand the severity of the situation. However, their innocence allows them to give Pecola her deserved sympathy that the adults’ judgements do not allow them to feel.
Chapter 10 begins in the summertime. Claudia and Frieda are selling something to afford a new bike. h The girls hear that Pecola is pregnant with her own father. This is huge news and alot for young girls to hear about. It is not normal nor should it be. I myself was shocked but honedtly, niothing ould suprise me in this book after some of the things I’ve read just in the first few chapters. They realize that their father has run away, due to embarrassment from impregnating Pecola. This all went down just after the girls were selling the seeds for a new bike. Alot to take in at that age. The girls also voice that they want Pecola to keep the baby and have it live. My impression on this chapter is that it wasn’t what I was expecting!
It’s summer time now and Frieda and Claudia are selling marigold seeds for a new bike. They overhear a story about Pecola by some adults and discover that she was impregnated by her father. Despite this happening, they blame Pecola along with Cholly. The town thinks the worst of Pecola, but Claudia and Frieda want the best and help by praying and offering a sacrifice. They also bury the marigold seeds near Pecola’s house and will sing to them.
In chapter 10, Claudia and Frieda hear that Pecola was impregnated by her father. After this they realized that their father had run away after impregnating Pecola. When they hear about this they want the baby to live. They treat the baby like a sign of hope throughout the chapter. This all happened after they got back from selling marigold seeds for a new bike.
The innocence of the girls is shown again in this paragraph. When they hear of Pecola’s situation, they don’t see how taboo it is, they don’t consider her race, and they don’t even know of the consequences of an inbred baby. They just want to help her, and they’re willing to give up all that they’ve been working for and the promise of a new bike to do so. The girls are truly kind and caring despite what they go through.
In chapter 10, Frieda and Claudia are selling marigold seeds to earn money for a new bicycle. The girls overhear adult conversations and piece together the fact that Pecola has been impregnated by her father who has run away. Claudia and Frieda are hurt for Pecola and want the baby to live despite others’ beliefs. The girls hopefulness towards Pecola and her baby is a symbol of the hopefulness of the story as a whole. The girls hope that if they say their magic words and grow flowers that their disjointed community will be healed by God.
As the seasons change to summer, storm season begins. The girls are selling marigold seeds to save up for a new bicycle. They go all over town, disobeying their mother. As they hear adult conversations in town, they begin to develop a new story about Pecola. This story contains both a matter of public fact and a sense of private reality. Nobody tells the girls this story directly, and that have been given no explanation. They are trying to get away from the adult story and stay with their own interpretations. I feel as though this shows what the girls have left of their innocence and that they’re holding onto it.
This chapter makes me feel so awful for Pecola. Her own father violated her and got her pregnant, and her mom beat her senseless because of it. It is very sad that no one feels bad for her just because of the color of her skin and how awful her father is, a classic example of racism once again. Part of the reason the girls wish for Pecola’s baby to live is because everyone else wants it to die and feels no remorse for the girl, and because there is this ideal beauty of white girls with blonde hair and blue eyes, and they are upset that they only want the baby to die because it will be ugly, meaning they regard Pecola as ugly, leading to the meaning that the two sisters look ugly as well. Their idea of a solution is to make a sacrifice of money and planting seeds with a prayer in hopes that the baby will be ok, however based on the foreshadowing from the prologue, we can infer that this scenario doesn’t play out as the girls hoped.
The chapter begins as Claudia and Frieda are selling marigold seeds to save money for a new bike. They are told just to visit the houses they know, but they don´t listen and go all over town. They are invited into multiple houses for drinks where they hear adult conversations.Through these conversations they begin to piece together a story about Pecola. They know that Pecolaś father impregnated her and has now run away. The gossips are disgusted by Cholly but also put blame on Pecola. They also think it would be best for the baby to die. Frieda and Claudia are saddened and embarrassed for Pecola but what makes it worse is that they do not think the gossipers feel the same way. I get the feeling the end of the story will put most of the focus on Pecola.
In an attempt to make money by selling marigold seeds, Claudia and Freida go around town to people’s houses finding anyone who will purchase them. As they enter their neighbor’s houses they hear little bits of a story about Pecola. Once they hear enough, they are able to come to the conclusion that Pecola has gotten pregnant by her father. Cholly has run away and left his pregnant daughter and his wife. When Pauline found Pecola, she beat her so badly that she almost died. Hearing this information saddens Claudia and Freida because they feel sorry for Pecola and what she has gone through. Although I do not think they fully understand the situation because I am pretty sure they still don’t know how one becomes pregnant. Continuing on, the neighbors think that Pecola should be removed from school and should not have the baby. They think it would be best if the baby were killed. Claudia and Freida want to help so that decide that if Pecola had the baby it could help people realize that white girls and white baby dolls are not the only ones who can be beautiful so they take the rest of the seeds and play them and bury the money.
This chapter started out with selling seed for a bike, but developed dangerously. Pecola was pregnant from Cholly’s deed, and everyone was talking about it, offering her no pity. the two girls devise a plan of prayer to help the baby. Throughout the story I believed this book was focused on Frieda and Claudia, but as I near the end, it more seems like the sad narrative of Picola Breedlove.