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Soaphead Church’s letter to god represents the (at least) third direct address to god in the texts we have read (Mr. Washington bargaining with god and Rufus cursing god before jumping from the Washington Bridge). While the first two addresses in some way register god’s seeming indifference to the plight of men and depict self-precipitated death as an act of defiance in its face, Soaphead registers this indifference but then usurps god’s creative power by granting Pecola’s long standing wish for blue eyes. The relationship between Pecola’s psychic break and Soaphead’s generative act is not, however, entirely clear (i.e. it requires our interpretation). On your reading of the novel, is the encounter with Soaphead merely the proverbial last straw, is there something specific about her role in harming the one creature seemingly less favored than she, is this perhaps another instance of successful magic within the text? What significance does your understanding of this episode has on your interpretation of the novel more broadly?