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The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye..Important Quotes
"We will say no. We don't know what we should feel or do if she does, but whenever she asks us, we know she is offering us something precious and that out own pride must be asserted by refusing to accept."
Claudia is expressing that if Rosemary would offer them her bread and butter, she would refuse. She doesn't need it and pity is out of the question. This is said inside Claudia's head.
"It had occurred to Pecola some time ago that if her eyes, those eyes that held the pictures, and knew the sights--if those eyes were different, that is to say, beautiful, she herself would be different."
The reason Pecola wants blue eyes isn't because it complies with white standards but because she hopes their beauty will control her fate for the better. She believes skin and eye color influence how one's treated. This is important because it's a thought inside Claudia's head and supports the theme, seeing V. being seen.
"We had defended ourselves since memory against everything and everybody, considered all speech a code to be broken by us, and all gestures subject to careful analysis; we had become headstrong, devious and arrogant. Nobody paid us any attention, so we paid very good attention to ourselves. Our limitations were not known to us--not then."
This statement states that Frieda and Claudia stand up to all threats, whether it's racism, molestation, rape, or rejection. Their behavior is always on the contrary but consistent to Pecola's suffering . This is important because it's a thought inside Claudia's head and proves that she and Frieda stand up for their beliefs.
: "The birdlike gestures are worn away to a mere picking and plucking her way between the tire rims and the sunflowers, between Coke bottles and milkweed, among all the waste and beauty of the world--which is what herself was. All of our waste which is dumped on her and which is absorbed. And all of our beauty, which was hers first and which she gave to us."
Claudia transforms Pecola into a symbol of beauty. Pecola is beautiful because she's human, while the community is blinded and identifies beauty with the color white, Pecola's beauty and replaced with ugliness.
"Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe. There is no gift for the beloved. The lover alone possesses his gift of love, The loved one is shorn, neutralized, frozen in the glare of the lover's inward eye."
Claudia is describing what the story means to her. She implies that love is only as good as its lover. It's possible that Cholly (Pecola's father) actually loved Pecola. His behavior was just driven by love and anger which made him take it out with rape.
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