The Bluest Eye Criticism

This Study Guide consists of approximately 61 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Bluest Eye.
This section contains 582 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Bluest Eye Study Guide

The Bluest Eye received an appreciative nod from critics at its appearance in 1970. Although Morrison was virtually unknown at the time, she seems to have taken offense at what she perceived as neglect of the book, for she wrote in the afterword to a 1993 edition of the novel, "with very few exceptions, the initial publication of The Bluest Eye was like Pecola's life: dismissed, trivialized, misread." Clearly, however, as Morrison's reputation as an author has grown, The Bluest Eye has received increased recognition and respect as a poignant portrayal of a black girl trapped by white society's ideals.

One aspect of the book that caught critical attention at the book's publication and continues to be a focal point for critics of Morrison's work is her use of language, which is often referred to as "poetic prose." John Leonard of the New York Times described the novel as containing...

(read more from the Critical Overview section)

This section contains 582 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Bluest Eye Study Guide
Copyrights
Novels for Students
The Bluest Eye from Novels for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.