Seefatherheisbigandstrong Essay

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Has anyone ever deliberately left you? Left you alone, feeling deserted, isolated, and by
yourself? Imagine you were abandoned by those who were supposed to love you from the day
you were born until this present day. How would that make you feel? In Toni Morrison's
first novel, The Bluest Eye, she examines the causes, effects, and consequences of
abandonment through one character, Cholly Breedlove. As well as the ways he eventually
destroys himself and also those around him.

Even before his birth, Cholly Breedlove has felt the vicious sting of loneliness. Cholly
Breedlove was born to a young mother who, after four days of life, discarded him in "the
rim of a tire under a soft black Georgia sky" (133). His father decided to leave his
mother even before Cholly was born. Fortunately, he was rescued by his Great Aunt Jimmy,
who raised him thereafter. He grew an intense love for his Aunt Jimmy, but her death
marked the first of many episodes that began a downward spiral of his adolescent life.

At Aunt Jimmy's funeral, Cholly is placed into a traumatic world of racism when two white
hunters interrupt him having clumsy sexual intercourse with a young girl, Darlene. He
immediately transfers his angry energy to Darlene because he realizes that hating two
white men would not be the smartest thing to do in a segregated racist world. "Never did
he once consider directing his hatred toward the hunters. Such an emotion would have
destroyed him…--that hating them would have consumed him, burned him up like a piece of
soft coal, leaving only flakes of as and a question mark of smoke" (119). The white men
are out of his reach, and Cholly grows to hate and kill white men. His masculinity was
revoked when those two men forced him to continue having sex while they hilariously

Cholly abandoned Darlene when he found out she might be pregnant; most likely because he
was abandoned by his father as a child. "He had to get away. Never mind the fact that he
was leaving that very day…Cholly knew it was wrong to run out on a pregnant girl, and
recalled, with sympathy, that his father had done just that to him. Now he understood. He
knew then what he must do--find his father. His father would understand" (120).

After being "abandoned in a junk heap by his mother, rejected for a crap game by his
father, there was nothing more to lose" with Cholly Breedlove. He had felt the same
abandonment he felt his entire life (126).

Finally, he met and married Pauline Williams from Kentucky. Their relationship was full of
verbal, physical, and emotionally violent abuse; yet, they could not leave one another.
Cholly's daughter Pecola, yearns to have a set of blue eyes to make her beautiful, because
she desperately believes she is ugly and that blue eyes will eventually make her pretty.
Due to the fatherless experiences in Cholly's life, he did not know how to father his own
children. "The sexual incident with the white men resembles his abuse of Pecola. Raping
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