His attentions therefore gradually settled on those humans whose bodies were least offensive--children.
Because Soaphead is described as this “clean” man he does not like the idea of sex and “dirty” bodies. Just like Geraldine he does not enjoy sex because sex is dirty and dirty is described as black but he himself was “colored” therefore he had to maintain his cleanness to be higher than the “niggers.” Since children are meant to be innocence and yet not corrupted by the world Soaphead finds them clean, and untouched by the dirtiness of the world so he chooses the children to fulfill his sexual desires.
Toni Morrison demonstrates this idea as pedophiles within the book through Cholly and Soaphead based on their state of mind, and belief. Vholly ends up raping his daughter, Pecola, yet his state of mind was to love her; however, he didn’t know how to love her because him himself didn;t know what love is. Cholly was raised believing he was minority and his past has a permanent harassing memory of his sexual life, and he uses this memory and state of mind on Pecola. Soaphead’s pedophile state of mind is that he is a “clean” “colored” man and he only associated himself with innocence, which is children.
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