symbolize life, birth, and the natural order in The Bluest Eye
plant marigolds, believing that if the marigolds bloom, Pecola's
baby will be born safely. Symbolically, the marigolds represent the continued wellbeing of nature's order, and the possibility of renewal and birth. But the flowers never bloom, and Pecola's baby dies, suggesting that the natural order his been interrupted by the incestuous nature of her pregnancy. Claudia also states that marigolds did not grow anywhere in the nation because the earth was hostile to certain kinds of flowers. Metaphorically, the flowers represent the black population, who are unjustly denied the opportunity to live freely. Racism, therefore, also stands as an interruption in the natural order.