Toni Morrison starts off the book with an account of a standard family in this era. A simple "family Mother, Father, Dick, andJane live in the green-and-white house" (Morrison 18). It gives a surface level description of their family, house and life. They are very happy It all seems very normal and surreal within their household. Each family member seems to fit the normal description of someone in society in this time period.
Dick and Jane
Claudia is the narrator of the story. She is well aware of beauty standards and instead of wishing she was the beauty standard, she despises the beauty standard. She takes her anger out on the white doll she received for Christmas. Claudia exemplifies that "she destroyed white baby dolls. But the dismembering of dolls was not the true horror. The truly horrifying thing was the transference of the same impulses to little white girls" (Morrison 23).This is a significant scene because it represents how idolized and superior white people were and how black people felt like they could never meet that standard.
Claudia and the doll
I don't want this doll! It's not fair! I wish we were all equal!