The Song Of Solomon Voodoo Essay

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The Song of Solomon ignites a readers imagination by supplying a commonly known man vs man and man vs himself plot with many interesting twists and turns throughout the novel that make it, uniquely its own. Some of these twists and turns include the curious use of voodoo. Voodoo is a black religious cult practiced in the Caribbean and the southern US, combining elements of Roman Catholic ritual with traditional African magical and religious rites, and characterized by sorcery and spirit possession. This element, or magical taste, flavors the novel by adding a creepy yet mystical feeling. This element provides the reader with a heavy sign that The Song of Solomon is no ordinary book. The use ...view middle of the document...

" This event in the book indicates two aspects of the novel. First it can be seen as a symbol or a characteristic of Macon Dead. It can be a symbol that Macon Dead has a dead heart and it causes him pain. Second, it can be seen as a marking that Macon Dead is going to cause pain not only to himself but the un-born child's as well, hence foreshadowing a event or aspect of the novel. This point can be proven in the following quote. "Milkman stood before his mirror and glanced, in the low light of the wall lamp, at his reflection. He was, as usual, unimpressed with what he saw. He had a fine enough face. Eyes women complimented him on, a firm jaw line, splendid teeth. Taken apart it looked all right. Even better than all right. But it lacked coherence, a coming together of the features into a total self. It was all very tentative, the way he looked, like a man peeping around a corner of someplace he is not supposed to be, trying to make up his mind whether to go forward or to turn back. The decision he made would be extremely important, but the way in which he made the decision would be careless, haphazard, and uninformed. (1.3.69-70)" The quote simply proves that Milkman is raised with a loveless or disconnected heart, one of pain and sadness. Almost as if his heart was dead, much like his father's and much like the voodoo doll suggested.

Voodoo not only impacts future character traits and happenings, but current blocks to character building. This point refers to the character building of Pilot. The supernatural, such as voodoo, reveals itself in the novel through Pilot. By doing this, the book links mystical happenings to Pilot's past and hence, builds her character; "As a result, for all the years he knew her, her stomach was as smooth and...

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