The Bluest Eye


Bluest Eye

Title: The Bluest Eye

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publication: 1970

Pages: 224

Geographical Setting: Lorain, Ohio

Time Period: 1941

Plot Summary: Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.Told through the eyes of her best friend, Claudia McTeer

Subject Headings: American Dream-Fiction, African Americans-Fiction, 1940s-Fiction, Rape-Fiction, Family-Fiction

Appeal: Compelling, explicitly violent, realistic, familial issues, bleak, psychological, powerful, reflective

Three terms that best describe this book: realistic, disheartening, thought-provoking

Relevant Fiction:

Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (race, rape, familial issues, powerful, reflective.)

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (abuse, struggling African American women, self discovery)

Louise Erdrich’s The Beet Queen (abandonment, sexual obsession, jealousy, love, human condition)

Relevant Nonfiction:

African Americans: A Concise History (3rd Edition) by Darlene Clark Hine, Stanley Harrold, and William C. Hine

America in the 1940s (Decades of American History) by Charles A. Wills

The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation by Jim Cullen

Name: Elizabeth Towns-Law


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