The passage comes from the spring section of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Pauline Breedlove a married black woman struggling to become self-aware and the misconception she makes at the movies about physical beauty and love. Before this passage Pauline immediately tells considerate Cholly Breedlove, her husband, that she is pregnant. The movies make Pauline feel the dreams of love and romance that she felt in Alabama are revived and built on the Ohio movies.
The tone and mood of this passage is more serious and solemn. “There in the dark her memory was refreshed, and she succumbed to her earlier dreams.” This line shows the darkness and the seriousness that Pauline is feeling. There is a sophisticated and educated vocabulary, with elegant phrasing “Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion. Morrison is using this to emphasize the importance of physical beauty that Pauline wants to feel. This elegant phrasing is shows the romance that Pauline is feeling when she is at the movies. Though movies have altered Pauline’s views on love. Lust and simple caring for were what she had originally which was good, swapped these beliefs of physical beauty and romantic love. The movies will lead Pauline to false hopes and to a more unhappier life she has in Ohio.
The author uses rhythm and sensory imagery, “There at last were the darkened woods, the lonely roads, the river banks, the gentle knowing eyes.” This shows rhythm because right before every noun there is an adjective describing the noun. This line and others throughout the passage show sensory imagery such as, “There the black-and-white images came together, making a magnificent whole-all projected through the ray of light from above and behind.” This ray of light is associated with God helping Pauline figure out this beauty and love that she is struggling to find.
“There the flawed became whole, the blind sighted, and the lame and halt threw away there crutches.”...