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Comment on the difference between the various opening sections of The Bluest Eye

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The two sections in the Prologue of this novel offer a very different kind of summary of the novel and its themes as a whole. Firstly the Dick and Jane narrative is told in simple language reminiscent of first readers. However, what is disturbing about it is both the extreme simplicity of the language and also the isolation of Jane. The way that the sentences in this section of the Prologue do not relate to each other echoes the somewhat disjointed narrative where characters struggle to make sense of their lives and experiences. In the same way the relationships between Jane and her parents also point towards a somewhat questionable approach...

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