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The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye Prologue, Part 1 Summary

  • The novel opens with sentences from what looks like a children's Dick and Jane grammar reader.
  • The sentences feature a family of four: Mother, Father, Dick, and Jane.
  • They focus on Jane, who wants to play.
  • Jane sees a cat, but the cat will not play with her.
  • Jane's mother laughs, but does not play with her.
  • Jane's father smiles, but he does not play with her.
  • A dog runs, but does not play with her.
  • Finally, a friend comes along to play with Jane.
  • This paragraph is then repeated word-for-word a second time, without punctuation.
  • The paragraph is repeated a third time, without punctuation and with no spaces between the words.

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