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Toni Morrisons The Bluest Eye Symbols Dick and Jane Readers Shirley Temple & Bojangles Themes: Race & Beauty

Bahar BALIKDeniz Dadik KIPGEHasan Can SARALSerra OREYToni MorrisonsThe Bluest EyeDick and Jane ReadersShirley Temple and BojanglesThemes: Race and BeautySymbolsReferences

Outline2Written by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp, Dick and Jane Readers were used to teach American children to read from 1930s to 1970s.

Composed of a mother, a father, their children Dick and Jane, who belong to a white, middle class society that Pecola wants to be a member of.Dick and Jane Readers

3Very simple use of vocabulary

Important point; black characters were not inclueded until 1965

How can you relate the fact that blacks were not included until 1960s to our novel?

Dick and Jane Readers

4Thesentences belonging toDick and Jane style narration are simple and readable but gradually the narrative loses all its punctuation which can be a visual metaphor for Pecola's losing her perspective about her worth as a person.

When the paragraphs dissolve into a river of print, having absolutely no meaning, we can liken this situation to the madness of Pecola.

.. would like to be Jane (Blue Hair & Blonde Hair)How do these readers relate to our novel?5Thesentences belonging toDick and Jane style narration are simple and readable but gradually the narrative loses all its punctuation which can be a visual metaphor for Pecola's losing her perspective about her worth as a person.

When the paragraphs dissolve into a river of print, having absolutely no meaning, we can liken this situation to the madness of Pecola.

Pecola would like to be Jane (Blue Hair & Blonde Hair)How do these readers relate to our novel?6Late 1930s and 1940sChild starBlonde hair and blue eyes

''my friend, my uncle,my daddy, who ought to have been soft -shoeing it and chuckling with me''.Surname : Temple Idolized

Shirley Temple

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Shirley Temple VS Jane Wilkers

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Pecola and Frieda?Ginger RogersRetrieved on 10 March 2010 from; 6MIOjrTc*xm5IV9UOA7bAH0gd-ONXxirUvqVXMg5PC4-uLFLrXPW/gretaicon.jpgRetrieved on 10 March 2010 from; http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2094/2259441246_2dbe65ccfd_o.jpgMr Henry praises sisters with two white actresses. Related with self-hatred.9Bojangles Bill RobinsonFake smile, greate dance.Blacks as actors."beau jongleur" "fine juggler"Earns more than $2 million but dies in poverty.

10Catagorization of humansCultural AspectPhysical futuresSkin colourCranialFacial featuresHair

Race

11Has two meanings Differences in human characterDiscirimination or Prejudice based on Race For example: Blacks treating as slavesRacisim

12Do races got stereotyped in themselves? For example, which race do you think has the most beautiful women?Why did you choose it?BeautifulMaureen PealShirley TempleRosemary VillanucciGeraldine*BreedlovesPecolaPauleenChollySammyClaudia MacTeer + Frieda MacTeer*Mrs Macteer ("Big Mama")

People According to Their AppearenceUgly13Do you see the ugliness as a personal choice?Pauline

despised not only by whites but also by blacks

The sad thing was that Pauline did not really care for c...... and m.. . She merely wanted other women to cast favorable glances her way.

Race and Beauty14Pauline

despised not only by whites but also by blacks

The sad thing was that Pauline did not really care for clothes and make-up. She merely wanted other women to cast favorable glances her way.

Race and Beauty15While she was 5 months pregnant, she went to the films of Clark Gable and Jean Harlow.

http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Harlow,%20Jean/Annex/Annex%20-%20Harlow,%20Jean%20(Hold%20Your%20Man)_03.jpg16She fixes her hair like Jean Harlow.

http://teegardennash.com/media/*MS/Harlow1TN.jpg17I hurt just like them white women.

(p.125)And Pauline said:18Pecola

was described ugly by her mother Pauline, while she was a baby

But I knowed she was ugly. Head full of pretty hair, but Lord she was ugly.(p.126)19Long hours she sat looking into mirror, trying to discover the secret of ugliness. (p.45)

She would see only what there was to see: eyes of other people. (p.47)

Pecola20not white but a light-skinned girl

green eyes, perfect clothes

Maureen Peal21Meringue Pie

Brown outside, white inside.22CoalNecessity that they cannot give up Source of lifefatalblack as they areSymbols

23Flowers & SoilFrequent use of flowersMarigold(Starts and ends the story, doesnt grow in Lorain)

Forsythia(Holds no cheer)

Dandelion(Nobody loves the head of a dandelion (. . .) so many strong and soon.)

Hollyhocks((. . .) roots are deep, their stalks are firm and only the top blossom nods in the wind - Geraldine)

Symbols

24Soil ; also symbolizing fertilityThey bury if needed.Flowers are season dependant Cyclical Writing Style

House X OutdoorsHouse symbolizing a possessionGeraldine cares about her house, whereas Pauline cares about where she worksBreedloves house burns downWhite Street X Black Street

Symbols25The way they sleepSymbols26Blue EyesProbably most obvious symbol of the novel; beauty

Economic Symbols: BrandsIsaleys, Frequent use of brands, economic wealth of America before Great Depression

MetalsCold and TensionZinc BathtubSteel IndustrySymbols27Famous People

Greta Garbo

Shirley Temple

Ginger Rogers

Symbols

28Suits Cleanness Funk

The CatSymbolizing Geraldines freedom and what she desires to have as a relative or a friend

White Colored ObjectsWealth

Symbols29Precious LordJesus Christ Ideal man that Pauline longs for

ToothAnother symbol of beauty

RainbowOrgasm Satisfaction

Soaphead Churchs Relationship With ObjectsHe cant stand any human contact he can only bear the objects (i.e. pot)Symbols

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Violence, Beauty and Blackness

31T. Morrison, The Bluest Eye, 1993, Vintagehttp://www.child-stars.com/shirley-temple/130-034~Shirley-Temple-Posters.jpghttp://www.classicmoviekids.com/images/w/withers/withers303a.jpghttp://www.ioffer.com/img/1160290800/_i/14573461/1.jpg

References32

THANK YOU!!!33

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