“How many times a minute …”– Page 193
This chapter depicts Pecola’s perspective of being unaware of her own delusions. She truly believes she has blue eyes but then convinces herself they aren’t the bluest. This reestablishes the toxic cycle of greed to fit in and appear high among others. What Pecola doesn’t see is the people’s new found judgement of her. Pecola says, “Everybody’s jealous. Every time I look at somebody, they look off” (pg 195). This self inflicted misinterpretation and delusion leads me to a different meaning. Here the symbol of blue eyes are heavily displayed but through many ways. They represent beauty, wealth, high socioeconomic status, greed, longing for beauty, and fitting in. They also could represent delusion itself, like cataracts, unable to see the truth and protecting her from harsh judgements of society.
This chapter is written as Pecola talking to another person. She talks of her blue eyes and the jealousy people hold of them and how they won’t look at her. It is revealed that she is talking to an imaginary friend that appeared after her new eyes. Claudia then explain to us that the baby died and Pecola’s family abandoned her, dumping their ugliness all onto her as they drove her into madness.
This chapter illustrates a conversation between Pecola and her imaginary friend Pecola believes she has blue eyes and her friend yells at her for constantly looking at herself. Pecola shows a great sense of newfound confidence because of her new “blue eyes.” She brags and believes everyone is jealous of her. Pecola has lost touch with reality and says that no one will even look at her because they envy her blue eyes, when in reality they will not the at her because of the previous unbelievable events. The imaginary friend seems to be a voice of reality to contradict Pecola’s irrational thoughts. Later in the chapter, it is revealed that Cholly died and Pecola’s child was stillborn, leaving Claudia and Freida feeling like failures. I continue to feel bad for Pecola because her lifetime of mistreatment and insukts has left her alone and unaware of reality.
Chapter 11 is setup up diffenrent from the rest of the book. It is a dialogue written in italics and normal text. I think the other did this to draw the readers attention late in the book and create a uniqueness around this chpater. The dialogue is between Pecola and another person. Pecola now has blue eyes, however, what she thought would make her parents like her better actually turns to worsen her life. No one recognizes her blue eyes or even look at her. She doesn’t even go to chooldo to bullying from her blue eyes. The story picks up with Claudia bringing us the information that Pecolas baby died after being born pre maturely. It is also revealed that sammy has run away and Cholly is nowhere to be found. The family is breaking down and things are not goign well for our main characters.
The chapter now starts off with what seems like a dialogue, maybe an internal one? The dialogue described how Pecola cannot stop admiring her blue eyes and the other voice says how she wants to go out and play. Pecola still brags about her eyes and stuff, but has the downfall of not being noticed, not being in school, and being prejudiced. The voice goes on to talk about Cholly, and how he raped Pecola on the couch and says Pecola enjoyed it. Pecola denies this and goes on to brag about her eyes again. Now the story shifts to Claudia’s perspective and how Pecola went mad. Claudia feels that the entire town dumped all their hatred towards Pecola and used her as a scapegoat. She also believed that Miss Marie and Chollie only loved Pecola to be a lover and Cholly’s love killed her.
In chapter 11 the reader meets Pecola’s imaginary friend. She now thinks she has blue eyes and that it is the reason that everyone is jealous of her now. She then loses her mind and wants to escape what is bothering her. She is trying to escape the things that bother her, like what her father did to her, but all it does is make her more jealous and mad. This also makes her less reliable as the narrator as the reader can not trust that what she is saying is actually true or if Pecola is saying it out of jealousy.
Pecola seems to think that she has blue eyes, and while there is nothing to say that she doesn’t that is clearly impossible, And I have no clue who she is talking to, it seems as if she has gone crazy. Everyone avoids her now because of things that were not her fault, so who could she be speaking to? Maybe an inner voice. What do the blue eyes mean? To her they mean beauty, but why is she so convinced she has them now? Maybe because her father saw beauty in her which allowed him to do what he did, so she is convinced that she can now be loved so she must be beautiful, therefore she must have blue eyes.
In chapter 11, Pecola’s imaginary friend is introduced. Pecola believes that she has blue eyes now thinks everyone is now jealous of her. Pecola starts to go mad and the community heavily criticizes her. Pecola tries to escape her demons, one of them being what happened to her by her father, only to recast her demons in to newer forms such as jealousy. In this chapter, I question Pecola’s reliability as a narrator due to the fact that she believes she has blue eyes and that she has an imaginary friend. The novel is coming to an end and I can proudly say that I did not like this novel and that I would not recommend it.
In this chapter two voices are in dialogue: Pecola and her imaginary friend. Her friend criticizes Pecola for constantly looking in the mirror. Pecola can´t stop admiring her blue eyes. She is very proud of her blue eyes and thinks others are jealous. She says that now that she has blue eyes, no one will look at her, not even her mother. Again she thinks that they are jealous. She then asks why her new friend never came before. The friend says because she never needed them. Pecola had always wished for these blue eyes. WHen they are finally granted to her, she receives it in a darkly ironic form. Instead of providing her insight to the world around her and a connection to other people, they serve as a form of blindness.She can no longer accurately perceive the outside world.
Pecola is finally granted her wish of having blue eyes. In an ironic way, as soon as she gets her eyes she loses her mind. Her new eyes do the exact opposite of what she had hoped, they serve as a form of blindness. She no longer has the ability to perceive the world around her, this makes her more invisible. I don’t think that Pecola realized what would happen if she were to receive the blue eyes. She never escaped from her demons, they have just evolved into something new.
The chapter starts out with a dialogue between Pecola and someone else, which is later inferred as her child, which is born too soon and dies. This dialogue reveals that Pecola believes that the rest of her town will not look at her because they are jealous and have prejudice against her new, blue eyes, however after the dialogue it is revealed that everyone refuses to look at her because she got pregnant from her father and bore a child. Pecola was so caught up in the idea that she now “had” blue eyes, which meant she was beautiful, that she never really understood the gravity of the situation and just believed that others were jealous of her. It is even said that she went mad with the idea of blue eyes, and her mother had taken her out of school and moved to the edge of town with her because of it, probably to hide the shame that this whole scenario brought to the family. Claudia talks about how the soil was bad for the seeds that the sisters planted in the ground, and this is a reference to how the love between Pecola and her father, and the environment that Pecola was living in, were bad for the “seed” growing in Pecola, aka the child, and that all of the wickedness and anger contributed to the fetus’s death.
Pecola depends into madness after all that she has been through. She starts talking her an imaginary friend and is arguing with the friend after the friend says Pecola enjoyed when Cholly raped her a second time. Pecola seems fixated on having the bluest eyes and that no one is allowed to have bluer eyes than her. She walks around aimlessly and is slowly going more and more insane. Although none is it is her fault. She was mistreated by her mother from the beginning and violated by her father in so many ways, disregarded by the town and her classmates and teachers, and gossiped about by the neighbors. She was used as a punching bag for everyone in the story and all of the built up anger from their pasts were taken out on Pecola. She was an innocent child who believed she was ugly so that everyone else could believe they were pretty. The perspective changes back to Claudia and she further explains the state in which Pecola is in. We learn that Cholly dies and that Claudia and Frieda feel bad that their plants did not grow to help Pecola, who’s child was stillborn. I feel as though Pecola was the ultimate victim in the story and she wanted so badly to be seen as beautiful by everyone else when in reality she was beautiful but she never had a chance of believing that because all the odds were against her.
The chapter starts with pages of dialogue, seemingly Picola and someone who doesn’t exist. I do not know if Picola is crazy or if it just the imaginary friend of a young child. They talk about her eyes, Picola wanting “the bluest eyes”. The baby died, born prematurely. Pecola became an outcast, laughed at and avoided by members of the community and even friends. Pecola is a reminder to the girls of how good they have it, even though they don’t have the best lives either, it keeps them humble. I believe the seeds are a complex symbol for many things, symbolizing the town, darkness, bad living conditions, it is a very powerful, deeply rooted metaphor.