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Analysis Of Song Of Solomon

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Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Alvin Dai, 2nd Period
Significance of Title: Relates to the song about Milkman’s great grandfather, Solomon, also the name of last book in the Old Testament. Reveals underlying connections and message of novel. Setting: A city near Lake Superior, Not Doctor Street, Danville, Shalimar POV: Third person limited omniscient, Reader feels as if apart of cities and lifestyles, does not reveal all character thoughts. Plot: Begins with Mr. Smith about to jump from Mercy Hospital, Time skip to the Dead family, Macon Jr still breast fed at four years old by mother, Freddie (town crier) sees this, Macon Jr forever named Milkman, Time skip eight years, Milkman befriends Guitar, Both go to visit Pilate/Milkman’s aunt, They learn how to make soft boiled eggs, Milkman falls in love with Hagar (Pilate granddaughter), Time skip again, Pilate reveals childhood background, Reveals that she and Macon Sr. grew up in Danville, Talks about family farm, the cave, the gold, and Circe, Milkman hits father in retaliation for hitting Ruth (mother), Macon Sr. reveals Ruth’s finger sucking story, Time to skip to Milkman at 31,Milkman leaves Hagar, She tries to kill him once a month-for 6 months, Guitar reveals membership in the Seven Days, kills white people in retaliation for black murders. Macon Sr. convinces Milkman to steal green bag from Pilate, convinced of gold in it, Reveals more background info, Macon killed a man in the cave, Pilate chases him off, Pilate disappears with gold, Guitar helps Milkman steal gold, Discover bones in the bag, Arrested by police, Pilate testifies to bail both out, Milkman heads to Danville to find gold, Lead to Circe, Elaborates background of Pilate and Macon Sr. Milkman finds no gold in the cave, Decides to head to Virginia, Arrives at Shalimar. Fights with Saul at Solomon General Store, Goes bobcat hunting, Guitar tries to strangle Milkman here, Milkman escapes and meets Sweet, He visits Ms. Byrd, Reveals some info about Milkman’s grandmother-Sing, Milkman realizes song sang by children refers to his family, Jump to Hagar, Distraught over breakup, Goes on shopping spree, Gets sick in the rain, Dies due to fever, Milkman rushes home with info, Pilate breaks bottle on his head, Milkman reveals family roots, Pilate goes with Milkman to bury bones of Jake, Guitar shoots Pilate at Solomon’s Leap, Milkman jumps, learning how to “fly” Symbols: The White Peacock- Symbolizes Milkman’s burdens, Peacock weighed down by extravagant feathers-cannot fly, Milkman weighed down by character faults-greed and apathy restricts Milkman’s dreams. Peacock appears in moments of greed (Guitar gold discussion scene) Ghost Appearances- Pilate see’s Macon the 1st/Jake occasionally, Represents a guiding force, Pilate believes in supernatural, Contrasts with Milkman’s disbelief in superstition, Alludes to Milkman’s disconnect from life. Egg Recipe- Symbolizes Pilates openness and carefree demeanor, Contrasts with Milkman’s...

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