What is the relationship between the excerpt from the first passage and the content of this chapter in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye?

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Assuming that these references are the opening primer as the "excerpt from the first passage" and the first part "Autumn" as the "chapter," the primer, which is an allusion to the Dick and Jane readers of the mid-twentieth century, serves as a thematic prelude to the content of the first part (and all parts) of the novel.  In "Autumn," Claudia as both a child and an adult narrates the arrival of Pecola into the MacTeer home after her father put her out of her own home.  Claudia says that many people in the town look down on the Breedlove family for their behavior.  Claudia also describes the views that she has of little white dolls that are symbolic representations of little white girls.  She hates them because they are seen as so perfect and lovable compared to her and others in her community.  The manipulation of the Dick and Jane primer shows the distorted vision of society based on race and class, and it is this vision that Claudia describes in the first part of the novel.

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