Hello all! Day #2 for the discussion. Here's the question.
The novel opens with an excerpt from an old-fashioned reading primer. The lines begin to blur and run together—as they do at the beginning of select chapters. What social commentary is implicit in Morrison's superimposing these bland "Dick and Jane" passages describing a white family and its activities upon the tragic story of the destruction of a young black girl? How does Morrison's powerful language—both highly specific and lyrical—comment on the inadequacy of "correct" English and the way in which it masks and negates entire worlds of beauty and pain?