The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, provides an extended depiction of the ways in which internalized white beauty standards deform the lives of black girls and women. Its representation of childhood shapes the meaning of the work as a whole because Morrison’s purpose of narrating the novel under the perception of two young black girls is to depict the notion of being considered powerless. The sense of incompetence is derived from the fact they are children, which means that they are being seen not heard, they are black and poor, which essentially pushes them to cling to the margins of society and finally they are female, and the position of women is precarious. Morrison makes it clear that all the black children worship ‘whiteness’. The black characters in the novel have been taught from birth to believe that whiteness is the epitome of beauty, and analyzing this perception through the eyes of children, further establishes the innocence portrayed on the the way they think; which is extremely hopeful. The character that suffers most from white beauty standards is Pecola; she grows to connect beauty with being loved and believes that if she possesses blue eyes, the cruelty in her life will be replaced with affection. The blue eyes Pecola desires is intended to provide a change in the way she sees and how others see her. This can be interchangeable since how people see her creates what she sees; she changes her perception by changing herself. Pecola’s desire for blue eyes is based on one correct insight into her world: she believes that the cruelty she witnesses and experiences is connected to how she is seen. If she had beautiful blue eyes, Pecola imagines, people would not want to do ugly things in front of her or to her. The accuracy of this insight is affirmed by her experience of being teased by society. Morrison notably uses the Shirley Temple doll to illustrate mass culture’s influence on young black girls and through this, racism distorts Claudia’s beauty standards. Claudia assumes that the beauty others see in the doll must inhere physically inside it, so she takes it apart in search for its beauty. It is implied that she has not yet learned that beauty is a matter of cultural norms. The doll is not beautiful because of the appearance but rather because the culture she lives in believes white is superior and therefore idealistic. However, the author directs an implicit message of despair through Claudia when she affirms, “We were so beautiful when we stood astride her ugliness,” which illustrates the Claudia too is capable of selfishly using Pecola to reinforce her own sense of worth. Essentially, Pecola is able to attain the blue eyes she aspires to have only by losing her mind. Rather than granting Pecola insight into the world around her and providing a redeeming connection with other people, these eyes are a form of blindness. Claudia is given the burden and the freedom of deciding for herself what to make out of certain situations, like what Pecola’s story of carrying her father’s child meant. The hopefulness that the young girls portray is a symbol of the hopefulness the novel as a whole conveys, which attempts to heal the terribly disjointed community it describes. Morrison’s entirety of the novel was to narrate it under the perception of two young black girls, who are considered powerless under the eyes of society but yet convey the ideology of hope in order to depict the perceptive attitude a child can have. Their innocence and faith allows them to drift from the why and take refuge in the how, since understanding the circumstances that lead to certain situations does not change our knowledge that has caused tremendous suffering but rather changes the nature of our horror and judgement.