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Thank you for joining the Toni Morrison Novel Challenge!

Thank you for joining the Toni Morrison Novel Challenge!

  Welcome! Thank you for joining the Toni Morrison Novel Challenge. There are so many lenses through which we can experience Morrison’s collection of work, and we look forward to trying as many of them on as possible.

The Bluest Eye Discussion Question 6

The Toni Morrison 2013 Novel Challenge is in action!  We are hearing from several people that discussions will be more lively next week because many are focusing on just beginning to read the book this week.  In the meantime, we’d love to hear about your connection to The Bluest Eye.  Why are you reading The...

The Bluest Eye Discussion Question 5

“Quiet as it’s kept, there were no marigolds in the fall of 1941. We thought, at the time, that it was because Pecola was having her father’s baby that the marigolds did not grow.” With these lines Morrison’s child narrator, Claudia MacTeer, invites the reader into a troubling community secret: the incestuous rape of her...

The Bluest Eye Discussion Question 4

Cherub Chopp Stewart posted about her experience as a substitute teacher  yesterday on another social network wall in light of Dr. King’s birthday, but also applies to  characters in The Bluest Eye.   How do her students’ actions compare/contrast with the children in The Bluest Eye?  Have you experienced something similar?   “so i taught...

The Bluest Eye Discussion Question 3

What humilations and abuses do characters in The Bluest Eye experience that lead to their ability to harm others?  How do characters in The Bluest Eye play a role in their own dehumanization?    

The Bluest Eye: Discussion Question 2

For some, reading The Bluest Eye is like dredging up a painful family memory. There is a strong tendency to leave secrets buried in the family history, the less said the better, or as the opening line of the book puts it-“Quiet as it’s kept…”  How does this internalized trauma manifest in the actions of...
The Bluest Eye Intro Discussion Question 1

The Bluest Eye Intro Discussion Question 1

The title of the novel refers to Pecola Breedlove’s intense desire for blue eyes. She believes herself ugly and unworthy of love and respect, but is convinced that her life would be magically transformed if she possessed blue eyes. How does racial self-loathing corrode the lives of Pecola and her parents, Cholly and Pauline Breedlove?...