Plot summary[ edit ] Song of Solomon opens with the suicide of Robert Smith, an insurance agent and member of The Seven Days who crafts for himself blue silk wings with which he attempts to fly from the top of Mercy Hospital. Smith's attempt at flight and subsequent death functions as the symbolic heralding of the birth of Macon "Milkman" Dead III. A crowd of around fifty people gather to watch the attempted flight, including Milkman's mother, Ruth, his two sisters First Corinthians and Magdalene called Lena, his aunt Pilate, and his friend later in life, Guitar.
Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. While flight can be an escape from constricting circumstances, it also scars those who are left behind. Because Pilate, as Milkman notes, is able to fly without ever lifting her feet off the ground, she has mastered flight, managing to be free of subjugation without leaving anyone behind.
For the long period of time during which Milkman doubts the possibility of human flight, he remains abnormal in the eyes of his community. Only when he begins to believe in the reality of flight does he cease to feel alienated. For instance, after suffering through slavery, Solomon flew home to Africa without warning anyone of his departure.
But his wife, Ryna, who was also a slave, was forced to remain in Virginia to raise her twenty-one children alone. Although she is elderly and ill, she supports her children financially, intellectually, and emotionally.
Relying on this skewed idea of gender roles, the society in the novel judges men and women differently. While men who fly away from their communities and families are venerated as heroes, women who do the same are judged to be irresponsible.
Although Solomon abandoned his family with his flight to Africa, generations later he is remembered as the brave patriarch of the whole community.
At the same time, Ryna, who was left to care for a brood of children, is remembered as a woman who went mad because she was too weak to uphold her end of the bargain. The Alienating Effects of Racism Racism is the central cause of suffering in the novel.
Racism has long-lasting damaging effects on the community.
Slavery causes Solomon to flee toward freedom and end his marriage to Ryna. This flight begins many generations of trauma.Transcript of Literary Analysis of Song of Solomon In the novel, "Song of Solomon," Toni Morrison tells a story of a man named Macon "Milkman" Dead.
In the book, . Song of Solomon Introduction Published in , Toni Morrison 's Song of Solomon focuses on the African-American experience in the United States over four generations.
The novel examines the legends and folklore that tell the story of slaves who flew off to Africa. TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere -- celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global.
The Song of Songs, also Song of Solomon or Canticles (Hebrew: שִׁיר הַשִּׁירִים Šîr HaŠîrîm, Greek: Ancient Greek: ᾎσμα ᾈσμάτων Âisma Āismátōn), is one of the megillot (scrolls) found in the last section of the Tanakh, known as the Ketuvim (or "Writings"), and a book of the Old Testament..
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