The Bluest Eye
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They lived there because they were poor and black, and they stayed there because they believed they were ugly. Although their poverty was traditional and stultifying, it was not unique. But their ugliness was unique. No one could have convinced them that they were not relentlessly and aggressively ugly. (1.3.1)
Regardless of whether it is true or not, the Breedloves have internalized the belief that they are ugly.
It had occurred to Pecola some time ago that if her eyes...were different, that is to say, beautiful, she herself would be different." (1.3.18)
Pecola believes that physical appearance can alter one's psychological condition.
Thrown, in this way, into the binding conviction that only a miracle could relieve her, she would never know her beauty. She would only see what there was to see: the eyes of other people. (1.3.21)
Pecola lacks the self-esteem to not care what other people think.