Wednesday, March 17, 2021

"Dandelions at the base of the telephone pole" in Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye"

When Pecola Breedlove in Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" "walks down Garden Avenue to a small grocery store which sells penny candy", she pays attention to "the familiar and therefore loved images" that she passes – in particular, the "dandelions at the base of the telephone pole." When she then "wonders [why] people call them weeds", she may be projecting the ostracism she experiences in her community onto the flowers, but she also asserts her own epistemic agency: "She thought they were pretty." Further, as flowers "whose white heads, last fall, she had blown away" to make a wish, dandelions are also figures for wishes, such as Pecola's prayer for blue eyes. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 17 March 2021)


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