Societal pressures compel Pecola to desire “whiteness” in order to be beautiful

Societal pressures compel Pecola to desire “whiteness” in order to be beautiful. She is educated from an early age that beauty is one of the values that she will be held up to. In other words, society discloses to her that the key of being beauty is being white, something Pecola never can be. The quote “They stayed there because they believed they were ugly… No one could have convinced them that they were not relentlessly and aggressively ugly,” demonstrates how powerful societal standards could be (Pg. 28). Despite the fact that Morrison does not really say that the Breedloves were physically hideous, she indicates that society revealed them to be appalling, and because of this the Breedloves were indoctrinated with this perception, setting a standard that Pecola could never reach.