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Toni Morrison

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The Bluest Eye | Chapter Summaries

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Chapter Summary
Foreword In the foreword Morrison expresses her goal for the book: to explore what happens when a person accepts "rejection as le... Read More
Prologue The prologue begins with an epigraph: a parody of the Dick and Jane books, which were a series of learn-to-read books fr... Read More
Autumn, Chapter 1 The chapter describes an ethnically diverse neighborhood: a Greek hotel, an Italian "next-door friend," and the African ... Read More
Autumn, Chapter 2 The chapter begins with a few lines from the Dick and Jane parody (HEREISTHEHOUSE). The lines focus on Dick and Jane's "... Read More
Autumn, Chapter 3 This section begins with lines from Dick and Jane, focusing on Dick and Jane's family (HEREISTHEFAMILY). Crucially, the ... Read More
Winter, Chapter 1 This chapter returns to Claudia's perspective. It is winter and they are cold. Claudia describes how her daddy fights va... Read More
Winter, Chapter 2 This chapter begins with Dick and Jane run-on lines about a cat (SEETHECAT). The omniscient narrator describes a particu... Read More
Spring, Chapter 1 One day Claudia comes home and finds Frieda sobbing in the bedroom. Frieda says Mr. Henry touched her breasts. Claudia i... Read More
Spring, Chapter 2 This chapter's run-on Dick and Jane lines are about their mother (SEEMOTHER), and the chapter focuses on Pauline William... Read More
Spring, Chapter 3 This chapter's run-on Dick and Jane lines talk about the father (SEEFATHER), and the chapter focuses on Cholly. Cholly's... Read More
Spring, Chapter 4 This chapter's Dick and Jane lines refer to a dog (SEETHEDOG). The chapter introduces a new character: Soaphead Church, ... Read More
Summer, Chapter 1 Claudia and Frieda travel around to local houses, selling seeds. If they sell enough, they hope to get a new bicycle. As... Read More
Summer, Chapter 2 This chapter's Dick and Jane lines begin with "LOOKLOOK." The chapter is written as dialogue, alternating between senten... Read More
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