Feelings of jealousy and envy permeate The Bluest Eye. From Claudia and Frieda's jealousy of Maureen Peal to Pauline envying the uppity women of Lorain, Ohio, women seem to experience envy all day, every day. In some instances, jealousy can bring women closer together, as when the MacTeer sisters bond over their mutual hatred of Maureen. At other times, jealousy keeps girls and women from being friends with one another.
Pauline Breedlove learns how to be jealous from watching Hollywood movies.
Many aspects of girl culture promote jealousy.