Study Guide

The Bluest Eye Characters

Pecola Breedlove

Pecola Breedlove is a young girl growing up black and poor in the early 1940s. She is repeatedly...

Claudia MacTeer

Claudia is the primary narrator of the book. An inquisitive, sensitive young girl growing up in...

Cholly Breedlove

Cholly is a complex character, with a difficult life that is closely tied to America's racist...

Pauline Breedlove

Pauline is Pecola's mom, and her character allows us to see how cultural conceptions of beauty...

Frieda MacTeer

Frieda is Claudia's older sister. A fierce defender of both her sister and Pecola, she hits...

Maureen Peal

Maureen is a snobby, uppity light-skinned girl with money who is new to the neighborhood. Maureen...

Miss Marie

Miss Marie challenges some of the characters' conceptions of beauty and feminine decorum. Always...

Soaphead Church

Soaphead is the novel's quintessential dirty old man. He internalizes his family's obsession with...