Milkman sits up front, between Macon and Ruth.
Associated with the song throughout the novel is death, bereavement, and flying. The bereaved sing this song of loss, this ballad of the flight into oblivion of Solomon, who leapt from a high outcropping of rock to return to his native Africa, leaving a grief-stricken wife and twenty-one children.
And children chant this song as part of a game, a ritual remembrance of the event of long ago. The novel is laced with references to the supernatural or transcendent: The underlying theme of the whole story is love—the transmuting power of love to make life worthwhile: Counterpoised to this theme of love is that of hate, and its deadly souring effect on all who harbor it within themselves.
As the Biblical Song of Solomon is a song of love, so this novel is a song of the love of people for one another, and the effect it has on making the people who love, and those who are loved, endure and flourish.
It is the anguish of his loneliness and hatred which drives the insurance agent Smith finally to seek escape through his mad attempt to fly with cloth wings from the cupola of Mercy Hospital out across Lake Superior.
We learn later that he is one of the Seven Days, who have dedicated their lives to murder. From the development of the character, Guitar, we learn how corrosive hate can be, so that finally Guitar suspects, condemns, and attempts to execute his best friend Milkman, who is blameless in the matter of deception which Guitar accuses him of.
In the narrative, the action develops out of the static situation of the Macon Dead family, in which the parents live in a state of continual antagonism, erupting frequently into verbal confrontations and occasionally into physical assaults against the mother by the father.
The mother was the daughter of the most prominent black man in town, a doctor of some wealth and social connections. She grew up as the adored and adoring only child of the widowed doctor.
When the young, ambitious Macon Dead appeared in town from obscure and obviously lowly origins, he sought to marry Dr.
When finally the mother tells her version of the relationship she had with her father, Milkman and the reader are finally able to fit the confusing pieces together and see the situation with compassion and with despair—despair because there is no love to heal the breach between the husband and wife, despair because the anger and outrage at being rejected have poisoned them and are destroying their capacity to love and grow.
Milkman and his sisters are used by both parents. Both want to make the children into images of their own ideals and to make them reject the values and lifestyle of their mate.
The mother wants Milkman to become a doctor like her father, and even suggests that he might take her maiden name as his own last name. She wants her daughters to marry well, and will consider as suitors only professional men. Then finally, when no such suitors appear, she considers that perhaps some civil worker like a postal employee might do.
The father wants his son to join him in the real estate business he owns, and is adamant that the daughters shall choose men of ambition and status. She is all that he is not.
She lives in the utmost simplicity, with generosity, kindness, and love motivating all her actions. Macon cannot accept her love, her generosity, her ethics, nor her forgiveness. He relies instead on suspicion and conjecture. Just as he suspects his wife of incestuous The entire section is 2, words.Themes in Song of Solomon Macon 'Milkman' Dead III, the lead character in Toni Morrison's masterpiece, Song of Solomon, is a hard guy to figure out and an even harder one to love.
In the book Dangerous Freedom: Fusion and Fragmentation in Toni Morrison’s Novels, Philip Page () mentioned that, by not accepting the name “Solomon,” the Dead family is throwing away nuggets of wisdom that could be gleaned from their history.
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Song of Solomon was the first book by an African-American writer to make the Book-of-the-Month Club’s main selection list since Richard Wright’s Native Son in Morrison says she nev Steaminess Rating. Welcome to the LitCharts study guide on Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon.
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“Toni Morrison: Womanist in What Light, by What Right (or Left)? Pond 1 One of Toni Morrison’s “womanist” texts, Song of Solomon, published in , ironically employs both traditional androcentric Western and African monomyths, as in describing Milkman.