The Question and Answer section for Bluest Eye is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The playground was Junior's joy.
Alternately bored and frightened at home, the playground was his joy.
Note all the images of poverty, barrenness, and death that fill the first three paragraphs. Explain how these images might clue us into the state of the Black community in 1941 America. What was America like then? How were black Americans treated?
From the novel's first three paragraphs, we can infer that the black comunity in the text is suffering from poverty. White children do not play with black children or invite them into their homes. Black children are hungry, proud, and angry.
Pauline loves the Fishers. In fact, she treats the Fishers better than she treats her own family. Her happiness with her job does not extend to her homelife. It's almost as if she resents having to go home. She is abusive to her children and...