Pectoral, the main character yearned for blue eyes because society saw her as ugly and disgraceful towards the human race. Pectoral is a young African American girl who lives in Loraine, Ohio, where she and her family lives in a storefront opposed to a house. Living in this storefront shows how her family is underprivileged because they are not afford a practical home or apartment. Her family is poverty-stricken and faces many hardships as a result of discrimination, social class, and family issues. At the age of eleven she deals with self-hatred because society labels her and her family as ugly.
She yearns for acceptance but cannot obtain it. In a society where little white girls or biracial girls with blue eyes are adored and respected by the public, she finds herself secluded and disregarded by society, Pectoral and her family are seen as ugly in which they internalize and live up to. Society made them feel they were ugly, other people saw them as ugly and they had unwillingly accepted it. Pectoral just wishes to be accepted. In a society that is exceedingly judgmental, racist and superficial, and she felt that blue eyes made you exempt from any negative criticism.
Blue eyes symbolize adoration and admiration. Having blue eyes meant you were adorable and innocent. This was represented by precious white baby dolls. These dolls were highly favored by black and white girls alike. From a young child was embedded that you are supposed to love a white baby doll and cherish it, granted if you had the privilege of affording one. You were supposed to treat it like royalty “rock it, fabricate storied situations around it, even sleep with it” (Morrison 20). Having one of these dolls meant that the girls took care of it as if it was their very own innocent and adorable baby.
As the text says, “all the world had greed that a blue-eyed, yellow haired, pink skinned doll was what every girl child treasured” (Morrison 21 Society valued the beautiful baby dolls as embodying the beauty of the movie stars of the time. The media agglomerated what beauty meant and it was apparent that blue eyes and blonde hair had dominated the face of beauty. In addition to the baby dolls, blue eyes were ideal because of the media and by a child Star like Shirley Temple. Shirley Temple was a world renowned child actress of the sass’s. She was adored by her for her many curls and her beautiful bright blue eyes.
Every young girl idealized her and wanted to be like her, she was America’s sweetheart and all ethnicities and races adored her. They loved her for who she was, how she looked and what she represented which was beauty and charm. No one anyone wanted to be like Shirley Temple more than Pectoral Overlooked. She wanted those blue eyes so she could have that same respect and appreciation. In a daydream, Pectoral hoped for blue eyes and said look at pretty eyed Pectoral, we mustn’t do things in front of those pretty eyes” (Morrison 46). She wanted to be seen as beautiful, loved by others and blue eyes seemed like the only way.
She felt that if she had blue eyes life would be so much easier and people would be so much nicer and would respect and admire her for her pretty blue eyes. Overall, Pectoral endured a lot of emotional hurt and brutality, not to mention the horrific judgments of the overwhelming discrimination she dealt with by peers, elders and even her family. Pauline Overlooked is Piccolo’s mother and even their relationship is rocky because she discriminates against her own daughter. In fact when Pectoral was born, her mother said “a cross between a puppy and a dying man.
But I Endowed she was ugly’ (Morrison 162). In most instances your family is your backbone and support and they love you for who you are however this was not the case for Pectoral. Although Pauline agreed with society and felt that Pectoral was ugly. This really affected Pectoral because it made her crave those eyes as a mean to even to obtain love and compassion from her own family, within her own household … But she didn’t . Instead she was mentally and physically abused by her mother. One day when Pectoral was helping her mother at the Fisher home, she spilled Mrs..
Breadboxes fresh pie and with no benefit of the doubt “she was on Pectoral and with the back of her hand knocked her to the floor … Mrs.. Overlooked yanked her by the arm, slapped her again” (Morrison 109). She did these things to discipline pectoral. Pauline failed to show the love and compassion that every girl needs to believe in their own self-worth, confidence and to find beauty in themselves and this made Pectoral not have love. Instead she gave that love and patience to the children of the Fisher home, where her mother worked as a nanny for the wealthy white family, in which she catered and attends to.
She berates and criticizes her daughter Pectoral but she treats the little white girl that she works for as a nanny like she could do no wrong. Pauline treats the white family she works for so much better than she treats her own family. Just the difference between how she interacts with the little white girl and how she interacts with her own daughter is more considerate and affectionate. It is shown in the text as she reassures the little white girl she takes care of to not worry about who her daughter was and comforts her into a sheltered mind State.
As the text provides “Who were they, Poly? ” “Don’t worry none, baby’ “You goanna make another pie? ” “Course will” (Morrison 1 09) . She has more patience and more regard for the Fisher child because she exemplifies he white baby dolls which people adore and cherish. Pectoral wants blue eyes for many reasons and possibly to get the love and compassion that she never had from her mother is one of them. Pectoral felt her only salvation was blue eyes and she wanted them desperately “each night without fail she prayed for blue eyes, fervently, for a year she had prayed” (Morrison 46).
She looked to God to find her and she thought a man named Saphead Church was how God would provide them for her. Saphead Church is an arrogant black man who believes he can do a better job at being God than the true almighty God because he was a fortune leer. As he says, can he even states “He, God, had made a slovenly and unforgivable error in judgments, designing an imperfect universe” (Morrison 173). He was known in the community and took on the role of a psychic and made it into a business. He advertised himself as being a ‘true spiritualist and psychic reader and [he] will help …
Satisfaction guaranteed” (Morrison 173). Pectoral thought he would give her blue eyes since he helped others with just about everything. She thought if he was as powerful as he proclaims he is then he could give her blues eyes. Saphead Church had mastered his craft Of achieving and instead of giving Pectoral real blue eyes (which he was incapable of doing) he made her think she had blue eyes which was just as good for Pectoral. She thought all her dreams had come true because she now had those pretty blue eyes that she always wanted.
She is convinced that now her life has turned around and everyone envied her. She wanted blue eyes for so long and now that she thinks she has them she is confident and no longer insecure. She becomes conceited and believes everybody is jealous of her because she has blue eyes which isn’t true because her eyes had not been changed. In reality, they are judging her because she’s pregnant at eleven years old. Pectoral thinks they are envying her but they are disgusted by the sight Of an eleven year Old girl so they just turn away from her.
In conclusion, Pectoral was just a young girl who wanted to have blue eyes so she couldn’t be labeled ugly and was in the hope to gain admiration and the respect from her peers, family and society. Her solution to life was having blue eyes and when she got them she felt all her troubles were over and she could start enjoying her life because she feels she has been exempt from the ugliness that has been handed to her. Though her eyes were not really blue so now that she realizes it she goes back to the state of ugliness that she is so well familiar to.