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Louis Junior Character Analysis

Geraldine's son, known as Junior, is an arrogant and entitled young boy. He feels ownership of the school playground across the street from his house, and forces other children to play with him. He is lonely, and his mother's coldness has caused Junior to become sadistic and cruel, especially toward her cat.

Louis Junior Quotes in The Bluest Eye

The The Bluest Eye quotes below are all either spoken by Louis Junior or refer to Louis Junior. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of The Bluest Eye published in 2007.
Chapter 5 Quotes

White kids; his mother did not like him to play with niggers. She had explained to him the difference between colored people and niggers. They were easily identifiable. Colored people were neat and quiet; niggers were dirty and loud… The line between colored and nigger was not always clear; subtle and telltale signs threatened to erode it, and the watch had to be constant.

Related Characters: Geraldine, Louis Junior
Page Number: 85
Explanation and Analysis:

The narrator has introduced Geraldine, a strict, uptight black woman who aspires to whiteness. Geraldine forbids her son, Junior, from playing with people she identifies as "niggers," instead insisting that he play with "colored" children. This distinction revolves around notions of "respectability" and proximity to a white ideal; once again, Morrison shows that even within African American communities, racism works to oppress those whose class and skin color are furthest from society's racist ideal of whiteness. Thus even though almost all the characters in the novel are African Americans living in a racist nation, within the black community itself there are still many levels to the hierarchy of society, and people like the Breedloves are at the very bottom.

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Louis Junior Character Timeline in The Bluest Eye

The timeline below shows where the character Louis Junior appears in The Bluest Eye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...Ohio from a southern town. In Lorain, she gives birth to a son she names Louis Junior. Geraldine meets Junior's physical needs, but refuses to coddle him emotionally. She does not... (full context)
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Junior lives next to the playground at Washington Irving School. He considers the playground his own,... (full context)
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One day, Junior sees Pecola walking home through the playground. He has seen her before, always alone and... (full context)
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Once inside, the beauty of Junior's house amazes Pecola. Junior pulls her into another room, and throws his mother's cat at... (full context)
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Immediately after the altercation, Geraldine arrives home and Junior accuses Pecola of killing the cat. Geraldine picks up the cat's body and pulls it... (full context)