The Bluest Eye is filled with passages of Dick and Jane, a book that represents the perfect, white family from the suburbs. The educational guide works with an utopian picture of the family; always happy, everything how it is supposed to be. Jane is depicted as . dominant theme of The Bluest Eye. The novel opens with three versions of the "Dick and Jane" reader so prevalent in the public schools at the time (the s) of the novel.
Similarly, Dick and Jane primers not only posit the literary "masterplot" in The Bluest Eye; as textbooks in America's public schools, Morrison suggests they posit a national masterplot that defines Americanness within the parameters of innocent white middle-class childhood. Dick and Jane's popularity grew immensely in the s, but. The Bluest Eye is divided into four sections, each of which is named for a different season. (The novel begins with “Autumn” and ends with “Summer.”) The four sections are further divided into chapters. Most of the chapter titles are taken from the simulated text of a Dick and Jane reader.
In The Bluest Eye, author Toni Morrison uses the popular children's books of the Dick and Jane series to start the chapters because she is making the point that the idyllic life presented in Dick. The Bluest Eye is about dependency on society for identification, self-value and the subsequent cycle of violence that emerges when one is alienated from developing self-worth. The Dick and Jane reader symbolizes what is detrimental about the entire education institution; the Breedloves learn their hatred and physicalAuthor: Rachel Roseman.
The sentences describe a house and the family that lives in the house—Mother, Father, Dick, and Jane. The brief narrative focuses on Jane. The pet cat will not play with Jane, and when Jane asks her mother to play, she laughs. When Jane asks her father to play, he smiles, and the dog runs away instead of playing with Jane. The novel opens with a narrative from a Dick-and-Jane reading primer, a narrative that is distorted when Morrison runs its sentences and then its words together.
The story's focus, however, is on the Breedloves, and readers are immediately faced with the dissonance between the realities of the Breedloves'--and especially Pecola's--lives and the chapter headings that begin with excerpts from the white, middle-class Dick & Jane reader.