Character of Pecola in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.
Protagonist: Pecola is the protagonist of The Bluest Eye, but despite this central role; she is passive and remains a mysterious character. Pecola is the eleven-year-old black girl around whom the story revolves. She is abused by almost everyone in the novel and eventually suffers two hurtful rapes. Pecola’s experiences, however, are not classical of all black girls. She is frequently called “ugly” by nearly everyone in her life, from the mean kids at school to her own mother.
Sorrows: Pecola has never had proper clothing or food, and she is eventually put out of her own home because her father starts a fire in one of his drunken stupors and burns down the house.
Desire form the basis of her emotional life: Pecola is a weak and gentle child when the novel begins, and by the novel’s close, she has been almost completely destroyed by violence. We find two desires form the basis of her emotional life: first, she wants to learn how to get people to love her; second, when forced to witness her parents’ brutal fights, she simply wants to disappear. Pecola is forced further and further into her imaginary world, which is her only defense against the pain of her existence. Continue reading