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song-of-solomon-toni-morrisonSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, National Book Foundation, The Oprah Effect: Critical Essays on Oprahs Book Club by Cecilia Konchar Farr and Jamie Harker Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Maternal BondMilkman forms a close relationship with his mother and his aunt Pilate. RebellionMilkman stands up to his father but becomes passive when Macon reveals sordid truths about Ruth.EscapeMilkman goes in search of his fathers gold in the rural towns of his familys ancestors. Burdened by LoveMilkman falls in love with Hagar but tires of the relationship, feeling oppressed by his narrow life.Finding HimselfMilkman fails to find the gold, instead finding a connection to his ancestors. Born in 1931 on the same day an insurance salesman attempted to fly off the roof of a building, Milkman Dead searches for a way to take flight from the burdens of his life as a black man. In the process, he takes a journey from his hometown—a city in Michigan—to rural towns where he finds his roots and identity.Main CharactersSearching for IdentityOVERVIEWSong of Solomonby the NumbersCharacters named Macon in the novel—including MilkmanMiles Milkman may have traveled to find his family history in Virginia>600Year The Song of Solomon won the National Book Critics Circle AwardCopies of the novel sold just after being featured on Oprahs Book Club in 19961977>500,0003ThemesSearching for IdentityMilkmans attempt to escape his burdens becomes a search for his identity. Abandonment of WomenMilkmans family has a history of men physically and emotionally abandoning their women. RacismPoor treatment of black people strongly influences Milkman and his family and friends.FlightRepresents a noble but abusive attempt to escape oppressionSingingSymbolizes a connection to Milkmans family historySymbolsSolomonMilkmans great-grandfather; flew back to Africa to escape oppressionMacon Dead IMilkmans grandfather; swindled out of his farm and abandoned by his father Macon Dead, Jr.Milkmans domineering, stern, greedy fatherPilate DeadMacon Jr.s fearless, loving sister; earth figureRuth Foster DeadMilkmans overly nurturing, needy motherHagarPilates rejected granddaughter; obsessed with MilkmanGuitarMilkmans loyal, angry, vengeful friendMilkman DeadPassive, burdened, and searching manMorrison grew up in a family that stressed black culture, including folktales and songs. As a result, she often weaves these elements into her novels. In The Song of Solomon, Milkmans search for his identity leads him into the rich culture and history of African Americans.TONI MORRISONBORN 1931AuthorToni Morrison1977EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageDramaSong ofSolomonf you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.Narrator, Chapter 15

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