Seal Team Seven 11: Flashpoint: Flashpoint laughter in the world p 1498Ostensibly this paragraph is about rotting teeth but it is also about how repeated violence rots out the inside of many many womenAnd then sheost her front tooth But there must have been a speck a brown speck easily mistaken for food but which did not An Innocent in Cuba leave which sat on the enamel for months and grew until it cut into the surface and then to the brown putty underneath finally eating away to the root but avoiding the nerves so its presence was not noticeable or uncomfortable Then the weakened roots having grown accustomed to the poison responded one day to severe pressure and the tooth fell freeeaving a ragged stump behind But even before the ittle brown speck there must have been the conditions the setting that would allow it to exist in the first place oc 1501Such a wise deconstruction of romantic ove and physical beauty in society s eyesAlong with the idea of romantic ove she was introduced to another physical beauty Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought Both originated in envy thrived in insecurity and ended in disillusion Matka alkaa (Etsijät loc 1572The horror of a white hospital treating black pregnant womenWhen he got to me he said now these here women you don t have any trouble with They deliver right away and with no pain Justike horses The young ones smiled a Strange Star little Theyooked at my stomach and between my Too Big for Diapers (Sesame Street) legs They never said nothing to me Only oneooked at me Looked at my face I mean I Seven Nights to Forever looked right back at him He dropped his eyes and turned red He knowed I reckon that maybe I weren t no horse foalingoc 1607Beautiful description of freedomThey were in fact and at ast free And the ives of these old black women were synthesized in their eyes a pur e of tragedy and humor wickedness and serenity truth and fantasy oc 1794One of Toni s ingenious sentences in this wonderful novelOnly they would know how to connect the heart of a red watermelon to the asafetida bag to the muscadine to the flashlight on his behind to the fists of money to the emonade in a Mason jar to a man called Blue and come up with what all of that meant in joy in pain in anger in Carvalho und die Meere des Südens love and give it its final and pervading ache of freedomoc 2076I had to The Science of Single: One Woman's Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding L ove look up Moirai which turns out to mean the Fates Public fact becomes private reality and the seasons of a Midwestern town become the Moirai of our smallives Sarah Conley loc 2395Incredibly powerful passages continuedI thought about the baby that everybody wanted dead and saw it very clearly It was in a dark wet place its head covered with great O s of wool the black face holdingike nickels two clean black eyes the flared nose kissing thick Ninja Slice lips and theiving breathing silk of black skin Inbox loc 2433Aittle black girl yearns for the blue eyes of a ittle white girl and the horror at the heart of her yearning is exceeded only by the evil of fulfillment oc 2659 Even her waking dreams we used to silence our own nightmares And she A Touch of Gold let us and thereby deserved our contempt We honed our egos on her padded our characters with her frailty and yawned in the fantasy of our strengthoc 2676The sad fate of PecolaWe substituted good grammar for intellect we switched habits to simulate maturity we rearranged ies and called it truth seeing in the new pattern of an old idea the Revelation and the Word She however stepped over into madness a madness which protected her from us simply because it bored us in the end oc 2680A beautiful sad endingAnd Cholly Hunch: Turn Your Everyday Insights Into the Next Big Thing loved her I m sure he did He at any rate was the one whooved her enough to touch her envelop her give something of himself to her But his touch was fatal and the something he gave her filled the matrix of her agony with death Love is never any better than the over Wicked people ove wickedly violent people Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope and Laughter love violently weak peopleove weakly stupid people Az éltető étkek arany szutrája love stupidly but theove of a free man is never safe There is no gift for the beloved The A Grid for Murder lover alone possesses his gift ofove The Painted Desert loved one is shorn neutralized frozen in the glare of theover s inward eye Appetite loc 2683This book should probably be considered post modern in the sense that the narration moves from character to character and it is up to the reader to intuit the speaker and the time at which the action is happening Trueove as represented by the blue eyes and blond hair seen in the movies freuented by Frieda and Claudia as well as Pauline and most of all Pecola is as inaccessible as their parents understanding eading them to either steel themselves against feeling ike their mothers have or go insanePauline It would be for her the well spring from which she would draw the most destructive emotions deceiving the over and seeking
to imprison the beloved curtailing freedom in every wayAs Wright and Ellison had described as well ife inimprison the beloved
curtailing freedom in every wayAs Wright and Ellison had described as well ife in North was not a safehavenfreedom in every wayAs Wright and Ellison had described as well ife in North was not a safehaven from racism Cholly was just as invisible in Ohio as he would have been in Mobile The White ticket counter is still forbidden him when he buys his ticket to see his father His Aunt and the women that raised him ran the house of white people and knew it When white men beat their men they cleaned up the blood and went home to receive abuse from the victimThe cycle of violence feeds on itself eading to tragic conseuences for each
OF THE CHARACTERSIN TODAY S AMERIKKKA OF IMMIGRATION UOTASthe charactersIn today s amerikkka of immigration uotas baiting and continued white police on black violence The Bluest Eye still remains as relevant today as when Toni Morrison published it in 1970 23 years before 1993 the year she was justly awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature It really is a must readFino s Toni Morrison ReviewsThe Bluest EyeSulaSong Of SolomonTar BabyBelovedJazzParadise When we finished this book about half the class including me were infuriated at Morrison for humanizing certain characters that caused Pecola to suffer the most Is she saying what they did was okay Is she telling us they weren t to blame and we should feel sorry for them I remember writing my objective and tone neutral in class essay while trying to stifle my own feelings of resentment I know now that the answers to those two uestions were no and no What Morrison wanted us to do was not pardon the terrible acts of her characters or brush them off as simply tragedy but to understand where these characters came from psychologically and what made them the the way they are People are driven by motivations sometimes selfless sometimes self serving and sometimes cruel When I think about this now I m absolutely floored I don t think any work of fiction has ever taught me this huge a esson about human nature than this one Morrison is a brilliant writer and this will probably always be one of my favorite novels his mother did not ike 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 uiet niggers were dirty and oudThe Ajax is All About Attack line between colored and nigger was not always clear subtle and telltale signs threatened to erode it and the watch had to be constantWhile I was not the biggest fan of Morrison s style in this novel I did fully appreciate the dagger sharp insight that she brought to the color caste system that is so prevalent in African American culture even today Her dialogue rang so true I could hear it coming directly out of my mother s mouth my grandmother s mouth and those of all of the women who ve ever filled our kitchens with raucous communal fun and glum communal tragedy alike Her use of the Dick Jane children s books used for decades to teach children to read SEEMOTHERMOTHERISVERYNICEMOTHERWILLYOUPLAYWITHJANEMOTHERLAUGHSLAUGHMOTHERLAUGHLA created a chilling ironic and staggering contrast between theives of the whites and those of the blacks in this novel Shirley Temple Mary Jane candies and Jean Harlow hairstyles you America the Philosophical ll find the delicacy of all of them here both in these characters reality and in metaphor While the truth and injustices here were often sobering to read they were filled with too much truth to rightfully deny or turn away from I could spend hours discussing this novel I could uote from it all day but I won t do that because the entire read was poignant and so crisply aware of the colorine the how and the why that there is no one point that can overshadow another in the message that these words aimed to send This novel is older than I am and yet it still rings with such verity with such biting truth and reality With The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison cut open the existence of both internalized and externalized racism in America and The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North laid it bare and exposed at our feet For that she deserves nothing but reverence and applause so she will always have that from meAnyone who s ever been in doubt of a colorine in Black America should read this book Anyone who s ever uestioned But why can t I say those words when you say them all the time But why do you still believe that racism exists Why can t you just get over it the past is the past should read this book In fact just read this book anyway how about that. YsWhat its vivid evocation of the fear and oneliness at the heart of a child's yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrisons's most powerful unforgettable novels and a significant work of American fictio. Beauty Every girl black or white should strive to be The Northman's Bride like Shirley Temple Morrison also deftly writes on parenting and family dynamics When Claudia faces an unwanted event in her home her parents act swiftly to protect their daughter When a far tragic event happens to Pecola her mother beats and blames her The main theme of THE BLUEST EYE is not simply racism but internalized racism The main characters in Morrison s novel have been conditioned to believe in their own inferiority No one suffers this than Pecola Even members of her own race put her down for being ugly and for the darkness of her skinIn the end Morrison forces us to walk in Pecola s shoes andearn of the painful world she inhabits and she does so brilliantly Here is the Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam little black girl She has dreams and a fertile imagination She is a potential conduit for excellence in the world But she is the inheritor of pathological trauma that is centuries old She is born to parents who are too busyicking their wounds and tending to their own pain to extend anything resembling Cherry Bomb love in her direction So she believes she is unlovable and is subseuently rendered invisible and therefore a perfect target to absorb the abuses of a society of self hating oppressed people who need to pour their sorrows into the vessel with the most cracks the innocent in their eyes contemptible black girl Never realizing that people who don tove themselves can never Leading the Way love anybody else So her cracks multiply and she breaks apart and spills over and she gets blamed for not being pristine by the very people who broke her This soil is bad for certain kinds of flowers Certain seeds it will not nurture certain fruit it will not bear and when theand kills of its own volition we acuiesce and say the victim had no right to ive We are wrong of course but it doesn t matter It s too ate Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors I discovered her writing with Beloved for which have a copy signed by her at a reading in Brooklyn of Jazz decades ago In The Bluest Eye she The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace looks at the intersection of racism self hatred poverty and sexuality with realism and her beautifully descriptive writing style The book starts off with one of Toni Morisson s typically powerful openinginesuiet as it s kept there were no marigolds in the fall of 1941 We thought at the time that it was because Pecola was having her father s baby that the marigolds did not grow When Red Cried Wolf loc 110 We see this flower analogy towards the end of the novel again Beautiful but hopeless proseOur innocence and faith were no productive than hisust or despair oc 118 as well asThere is really nothing to say except why But since why is difficult to handle one must take refuge in how oc 121A beautiful metaphor for iving in a racist societyBeing a minority in both caste and class we moved about anyway on the hem of ife struggling to consolidate our weaknesses and hang on or to creep singly up into the major folds of the garment Song of the Forest loc 235Iiked the feminist message in this paragraph on how girls are given dolls to instruct them subconsciously in their future roles as caretakers thus why I didn t buy dolls for my daughterI was interested only in humans my own age and size and could not generate any enthusiasm at the prospect of being a mother Motherhood was old age and other remote possibilities I earned uickly however what I was expected to do with the doll rock it fabricate storied situations around it even sleep with it Picture books were full of ittle girls sleeping with their dolls Raggedy Ann dolls usually but they were out of the uestion I was physically revolted by and secretly frightened of those round moronic eyes the pancake face and orangeworms hair A Constellation of Vital Phenomena loc 265The beautiful difference between what people think she wants and what she really wantsHad any adult with the power to fulfill my desires taken me seriously and asked me what I wanted they would have known that I did not want to have anything to own or to possess any object I wanted rather to feel something on Christmas day The real uestion would have been Dear Claudia what experience would youike on Christmas I could have spoken up I want to sit on the ow stool in Big Mama s kitchen with my ap full of Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights lilacs andisten to Big Papa play his violin for me alone Still Life with Chickens loc 287How mass culture is used to instill a racist hierarchy of beauty and valueThe best hiding place wasove Thus the conversion from pristine sadism to fabricated hatred to fraudulent Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea love It was a small step to Shirley Temple Iearned much Paradox Bound later to worship her just as Iearned to delight in cleanliness knowing even as I earned that the change was adjustment without improvement oc 304Wow this is one mean STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare low down couch It withheld the refreshment in a sleep slept on it It imposed a furtiveness on theoving done on it Like a sore tooth that is not content to throb in isolation but must diffuse its own pain to other parts of the body making breathing difficult vision imited nerves unsettled so a hated piece of furniture produces a fretful malaise that asserts itself throughout the house and imits the delight of things not related to it Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays loc 495Brutal about how we feel we are perceived modifies behavior and thinking and reinforces povertyTheyived there because they were poor and black and they stayed there because they believed they were ugly Although their poverty was traditional and stultifying it was not uniue But their ugliness was uniueYou Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All looked at them and wondered why they were so ugly youooked closely and could not find the source Then you realized that it came from conviction their conviction What a Lass Wants loc 505 511How our dreams eventuallyose out to realityThis family on a Saturday morning in October began one by one to stir out of their dreams of affluence and vengeance into the anonymous misery of their storefront oc 520Fascinating the two Christs hereCholly was beyond redemption of course and redemption was hardly the point Mrs Breedlove was not interested in Christ the Redeemer but rather Christ the Judge oc 555How hate can be self sustainingHating her he could Mexican Hooker leave himself intactoc 562The downward spiral of toxic masculinityEven a half remembrance of this episode along with myriad other humiliations defeats and emasculations could stir him into flights of depravity that surprised himself but only himself Somehow he could not astound He could only be astounded So he gave that up too oc 565The eye analogy is naturally one of the most important throughout the entire bookTry as she might she could never get her eyes to disappear So what was the point They were everything Everything was there in them All of those pictures all of those faces
LOC 599PECOLA WAS FOR ME A TRULY HEARTBREAKING CHARACTEREACH599Pecola was for me a truly heartbreaking characterEach without fail she prayed for blue eyes Fervently for a year she had prayed Although somewhat discouraged she was not without hope To have something as wonderful as that happen would take a ong The Thirteen-Gun Salute long time Thrown in this way into the binding conviction that only a miracle could relieve her she would never know her beauty She would see only what there was to see the eyes of other peopleoc 616The problem of peaking too early and being considered a weed instead of a flowerNobody Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery loves the head of a dandelion Maybe because they are so many strong and soonoc 626Sad description but so aptShe ooks up at him and sees the vacuum where curiosity ought to odge And something The total absence of human recognition the glazed separateness The Day Fidel Died loc 643There is always humanity and humor in Morisson s work Well this hippo had a ball back in Chicago Whoa Jesus ninety nine How come you always say Whoa Jesus and a number Pecola hadong wanted to know Because my mama taught me never to cuss Did she teach you not to drop your drawers China asked Didn t
have none said marie never saw a pairnone said Marie Never saw a pair drawers till I was fifteen when I eft Jackson and was doing day work in Cincinnati My white ady gave me some old ones of hers I thought they was some kind of stocking cap I put it on my head when I dusted When she saw me she iked to fell out p 729A poignant description of winterBy the time this winter had stiffened itself into a hateful knot that nothing could oosen something did Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge loosen it or rather someone A someone who splintered the knot into silver threads that tangled us netted us made usong for the dull chafe of the previous boredom The Outlaw and the Upstart King loc 800The mystery of racism to childrenWhat was the secret What did weack Why was it important And so what Guileless and without vanity we were still in ove with ourselves then We felt comfortable in our skins enjoyed the news that our senses released to us admired our dirt cultivated our scars and could not comprehend this unworthiness oc 983How a town s name can make some people dreamWhen you ask them where they are from they tilt their heads and say Mobile and you think you ve been kissed They say Aiken and you see a white butterfly glance off a fence with a torn wing They say Nagadoches and you want to say Yes I will You don t know what these towns are Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War like but youove what happens to the air when they open their ips and et the names ease out Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul loc 1069This is so beautifulThat is what she herself. R eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond blue eyed children in America In the autumn of 1941 the year the marigolds in the Breedloves' garden do not bloom Pecola'sife does change in painful devastating wa.
Summary The Bluest EyeToni Morrison doesn t get the respect she deserves and has rightfully earned I think that part of this has to do with the unfortunate connotations people have regarding Oprah s Book Club and part of it stems from if not outright racism and misogyny than the racist and misogynist assumptions that Morrison is popular only because she is a nonwhite woman iberal guilt etc The Speak Through the Wind latter is false Toni Morrison has won the Pulitzer and the Nobel because she is an excellent authorNB Before I get jumped on by total strangers for making assumptions about Morrison s detractors these are actual comments about her books from comToni Morrison is the most overrated author in America it s only because of Oprah the most overrated personality in America that she is popularYou know I know blacks have had a hard time in this worldI m not naivebut there s a right and wrong way to tell us about your problems This book is an example of the wrong way To me it came off as preachy and heavy handedOnce again Toni Morrison puts an assortment of diatribes and racial angst into book form and masuerades it asiterature with a moral messageWhat is actually between the covers of the book is 150 pages of the gross aspects of sex and femine hygene That is not what makes brillant writingThe Bluest Eye does not celebrate the beauty of the black individual but instead simply and grotesuely trashes white characteristics ie blonde straight hairblue eyes So if a Stories for a Teen's Heart little blonde haired blue eyed girl reads this book is she supposed to feel ashamed to have these characteristicsI think it s terrible that Oprah Winfrey would recommend a book as anti white as this It s not as bad as some blackiterature that blames everything on white people but it s closeIt s foolish to assume that the thoughts and experiences of women and of nonwhite American citizens is not worthy of writing about and reviewers that slam the book as anti white completely miss the point of themes of cultural hegemony internalized hatred taboos in beauty and sexuality oppression etc And it s just darned azy to discount this book s beautiful use of multiple narratives and excellent turns of phrase Morrison s iterature often makes me angry and depressed but not as angry and depressed as some of the reviews it gets Being a minority in both caste and class we moved about anyway on the hem of ife struggling to consolidate our weaknesses and hang on or to creep singly up into the major folds of the garment Our peripheral existence however was something we had earned to deal with probably because it was abstract Toni Morrison The Bluest EyeI m rereading Morrison s books in chronological order in 2016 and I created a private group here on Goodreads for a few of us who are interested in doing the same thing Discussing this book with others has been very interesting because we all have different perspectives and can share them expanding our 365 The Bluest Eye Toni MorrisonThe Bluest Eye is a novel written by Toni Morrison in 1970 Morrison a single mother of two sons wrote the novel while she taught at Howard University The novel is set in 1941 and centers around the ife of a young African American girl named Pecola who grows up during the years following the Great Depression in Lorain Ohio Due to Pecola s harsh characteristics and dark skin she is consistently regarded as ugly As a result she develops an inferiority complex which fuels her desire for the blue eyes she euates with whiteness The point of view of the novel switches between the perspective of Claudia MacTeer the daughter of Pecola s foster parents and a third person narrator with inset narratives in the first person Due to controversial topics in the book including racism incest and child molestation there have been numerous attempts to ban it from schools and ibraries 2008 1385 264 9648072043 20 1385 310 96484056205 20 Just a few days ago I happened to have a conversation with someone uite a well read person too who said uite casually almost in an offhand manner how he found books written by women uninteresting On prodding him for the reason behind his disinterest he replied that books written by women just do not engage him I didn t have the heart to ask him why a second timeAnd there it sat between us this knowledge of his disdain for women writers for some hitherto unknown reason ike a breathing venom spitting invisible monster uietly killing our conversation thankfullyNo evasion Not even a half hearted attempt well i m experiencing severe bookface fatigue and wasn t gonna report on this until i read this cool as shit bookster s review checked out the reviews on for the bluest eye and isted some excerpts Toni Morrison is the most overrated author in America it s only because of Oprah the most overrated personality in America that she is popular You know I know blacks
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Time In This M Notin this m not there s a right and wrong way to tell us about your problems This book is an example of the wrong way To me it came off as preachy and heavy handed Once again Toni Morrison puts an assortment of diatribes and racial angst into book form and masuerades it as The Best Canadian Animal Stories: Classic Tales by Master Storytellers literature with a moral message What is actually between the covers of the book is 150 pages of the gross aspects of sex and femine hygene That is not what makes brillant writing The Bluest Eye does not celebrate the beauty of the black individual but instead simply and grotesuely trashes white characteristics ie blonde straight hairblue eyes So if aittle blonde haired blue eyed girl reads this book is she supposed to feel ashamed to have these characteristics I think it s terrible that Oprah Winfrey would recommend a book as anti white as this It s not as bad as some black The Vagabonds literature that blames everything on white people but it s close people are dicks yeah not too controversial genocide and war and rape and stalin and the crusades and inuisition and blah fucking blah yeah i know we also have amnesty international and the sistine chapel and mexican food and rosario dawson but you read the above and kinda wish that the fear and war mongerers are right and that iran would just nuke out the whole planet ahem anyway i m not here to answer the jackass prickfucks who find the bluest eye to be racist or anti white or a masuerade they re just idiots it s this whole oprah thing i mean these are the same kinds of fools who get very smug and happy attacking theiterary canon while sucking off eually canonized outsiders such as hunter thompson thomas pynchon DFW etc writers i enjoy but have no illusion that they re any the outsider than is john updike in other words people who feel it s any different to deliberately swim against the stream as it is to swim with it so all you haters of oprah s bookclub a favor please just SHUT UP ALREADY or is it just so irritating that oprah put The Gilgul of Park Avenue leo tolstoy on the nytimes best sellerist and faulkner and garcia maruez yeah that s some evil shit i mean getting hockey moms to read the road rather than some shit with fabio on the cover sorry hockey moms has gotta be up there with the alien and sedition act in terms of evils perpetrated on the good citizens of this country 455 Along with the idea of romantic The Last of the Renshai love she was introduced to another physical beauty Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought Both originated in envy thrived in insecurity and ended in disillusion Toni Morrison The Bluest EyeI have several reading goals for 2019 get some big books off my Want to Readist explore Asian writing and visit authors I have missed along my reading journey One of the most glaring omissions on this Even Eagles Need a Push: Learning to Soar in a Changing World list was Toni Morrison So with the advice of my friend Rowena I selected THE BLUEST EYE to right that wrong I am wowed by Morrison s writing talents I wish I d have ventured to her world soonerTHE BLUEST EYE may well be the saddest book I have ever read Upon finishing this novel I feltike I d been sucker punched The events that took place in this world were devastating Morrisson s novel is as far from the childhood world Ray Bradbury created in Dandelion Wine as imaginable Both took place in the Midwest in the ate 20 s early 30 s and focus on childhood This is where the similarities endAs painful as this book is to read at times it is a beautifully written novel Morrison is a poet at heartThe story is told by a minor character Claudia a young girl and friend of Pecola s her innocence offers a rawness to the story that would have been ost if narrated by Pecola or an older character Morrison brilliantly uses the passing of the seasons to tell this story Each season take place in a different time period and follows a different character in her or his ife we earn the back stories of Pecola s people through this In the final pages of this book we see how all these people make up parts of Pecola s story Morrison writes of race better than any other writer I can think of She touches not on race in general but writes about various themes regarding race here the central theme being that Pecola s desire for blue eyes is showing the social context that views blue eyes which in this case is the epitome of whiteness as the standard of. The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel a book heralded for its richness of anguage and boldness of vision Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain Ohio it tells the story of black eleven year old Pecola Breedlove Pecola prays for he.