In The Bluest Eye, Where and when does Morrison insert variations in the Dick and Jane primer?

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In the novel The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison inserts excerpts from an elementary primer- the Dick and Jane primer, which is taught widely in the US schools, in between the story of Pecola Breedlove. The primer shows a happy White American family consisting of a mother, a father, Dick and Jane. The primer appears in three forms that move from order towards complete chaos. First time, it is written properly showing the ideal White family with a lot of love and happiness. The second time it appears without requisite capitalization along with some punctuation errors, creating a little confusion. This indicates pressures of White standards of living on other characters like Geraldine and Maureen, who change themselves and aspire to become like the White community. But the third time it gets a lot messed up because of no spaces and improper alignment, making it confusing and hard to read. This corresponds to the disordered and tough life of the Breedloves.

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