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The Bluest Eye: Introduction
The Bluest Eye: Plot Summary
The Bluest Eye: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Bluest Eye: Themes
The Bluest Eye: Quotes
The Bluest Eye: Characters
The Bluest Eye: Symbols
The Bluest Eye: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Toni Morrison
Historical Context of The Bluest Eye
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- Full Title: The Bluest Eye
- When Written: 1962-1965
- Where Written: Syracuse, New York
- When Published: 1970
- Literary Period: Modernist
- Genre: Coming of age, tragedy, African American literature
- Setting: Lorain, Ohio, in the years following the Great Depression, 1940-1941.
- Climax: Pecola's rape by her father Cholly
- Antagonist: Cholly Breedlove, The White Standard of Beauty, and Racism
- Point of View: First person passages narrated by Claudia MacTeer, third person omniscient.
Extra Credit for The Bluest Eye
Controversy. Morrison's novel has experienced an abundance of controversy because of the novel's strong language and sexually explicit content. The American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom lists The Bluest Eye as no. 12 on its list of the top 100 banned/challenged books from 2000 to 2007.
Inspiration. The Bluest Eye was inspired by a real life interaction Toni Morrison had with a girl who wanted blue eyes. Her reaction to the girl, which was anger, stayed with her, and later she began to wonder what leads a young girl to desire such a radical transformation. These thoughts led to the writing of The Bluest Eye.