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Quote #10

Here was an ugly little girl asking for beauty. . . A little black girl who wanted to rise up out of the pit of her blackness and see the world with blue eyes. His outrage grew and felt like power. For the first time he honestly wished he could work miracles. (3.9.21)

Soaphead takes pity on Pecola when he sees the extent of her self-loathing.

Quote #11

She was never able, after her education in the movies, to look at a face and not assign it some category in the scale of absolute beauty, and the scale was one she absorbed in full from the silver screen. (3.7.22)

This quote shows how popular films influence cultural and personal ideals of beauty.

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