The Bluest Eye


“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 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 glance of the lover’s inward eyes.”

I felt that Morrison’s notion of love here is confounded by her example that, “Cholly loved Pecola”.  Many people confuse the word love with lust.  Cholly never learned how to love.  He only knew lust and violence.  Love has to be taught.  As humans we are capable of both good and bad.  Yet, love is taught just like hate.  Thus, love here is not really love.  A loving father would never treat her daughter the way that Cholly did.  Ironically, Morrison paints the family as ugly, but in this instance I believe that ugliness equates to a lack of love in the story.


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