Analysis of Toni Morrison’s Song Of Solomon Essay
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Analysis of Toni Morrison’s Song Of Solomon
When someone looks up at a bird they see something soaring through the sky free from the world’s troubles. Through out man’s history they have been trying to find a way to be as free as birds and learn to fly. Unfortunately it has been an unsuccessful feat for man to accomplish. Although man has never really been able to fly on their own, they are able to fly with the help from a little machinery and ingenuity. Macon Dead Jr, or milkman, the nickname he adopted because he nursed from his mother, the protagonist of Song Of Solomon by Toni Morrison, had been trying to fly all of his life. But until he discovers his family’s history and his self-identity he unable to discover the secret that has…show more content…
Milkman craves to find out where he really fits in the world and find himself. By him getting rid of his burdens he believes that he will be able. Thus through his venture to learn to fly he learns a lot more about himself and the world in general.
Family has an affect on everyone, no matter how they feel towards them, or even if they don’t want them to. In Milkman’s case family helps him to finally realize who he is and help’s him find out how to be free as a bird, and learn to fly. While in Sharlimar Milkman discovers that one of his forefathers, Solomon, flew back to Africa and tried to take Jake, Milkman’s grandfather, with him, but dropped him. Solomon was a Slave and like milkman felt he couldn’t survive without his rightful freedom. In order to get this freedom he flies back to Africa, his homeland. Milkman is a lot like his forefather, Solomon, in the since that he was looking for freedom, and just wanted to go where he felt he belonged. Both men are willing to leave everyone behind, including the women who love them, to find this freedom. By them not being free, they are unable to find themselves, or their true place in the world. Although Milkman doesn’t realize it until the end, his family
Sample Analytical Paper Topics
The following paper topics are designed to test your understanding of the novel by giving you the opportunity to analyze some of the important themes of Song of Solomon. Following each topic is a sample outline to help direct you to the main points of the topic and to encourage your own ideas.
Milkman goes through several stages in the growing-up process to become a humane and morally-responsible adult. Discuss the most significant turning points in his march toward manhood in Song of Solomon. Explain their impact on Milkman’s character.
I. Thesis Statement: Milkman’s progress in becoming a morally-responsible and humane character in Song of Solomon is primarily a result of his becoming educated in his family’s past, in his understanding of nature, and in his new-found respect for women.
II. Learning about his family’s past
A. Pilate’s values as an alternative to Macon’s
B. Milkman’s father did not always have such values
C. His grandfather Jake’s importance to the Shalimar community
D. Finds out Solomon was a flying African
III. Learning from nature
A. Material possessions are useless in nature
B. Man cannot control nature
C. Nature can overpower man
D. Man can communicate with and learn about living from nature
IV. Learning about women
A. Learns Ruth and his sisters are not subservient to men, and do not exist only to nurture men
B. Hagar and other women do not exist solely for his physical pleasure
C. Pilate and Circe (and to a lesser extent, Reba) do not fit in “traditional” gender categories
D. Sweet is Milkman’s first reciprocal relationship
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