Compare And Contrast Pecola And Tom

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Pecola and Tom resemble each other in ways I have noticed some comparisons between the two main characters of these different books. The main character in the “Bluest eye” is a young black girl who struggles with her self-image. Tom is a white male who is the sole provider for his family working a job that he hates. These two are drastically different from each other in every sense but the one thing that they have in common is that they wish for a better or at the very least a different life. In the Glass menagerie Tom claims that “I go to the movies because - I like adventure Adventure is something I don't have much of at work, so I go to the movies.” when arguing with his mother. This is where the two characters connect. In the “Bluest eye” it is stated that “It had occurred to Pecola some time ago that if her eyes...were different, that is to say, beautiful, she herself would be different." A large part of Pecola’s struggle are her image and she wishes for her view of herself and the view others have will change her life for the better.…show more content…
She is (Like Pecola) a young black girl but she is comfortable in her appearance and will not be made to feel ashamed of being black. Laura isn’t black like Claudia but, she is disabled making her stand out and despite her mother and all of her comments isn’t ashamed of it. Again these characters connect deeply despite being so different. Claudia’s situation is somewhat similar but still vastly different. Claudia is in an environment where the people she is surrounded by are also black so rarely does she get put in a situation where she is made to feel like she is different and it is bad but it has happened and in that situation she did not fear being different than her surroundings. This reminds me of Laura in the sense that everyone in the book is different than her even visually and is treated as if she is fragile but still

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