Toni Morrison, "Song Of Solomon" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Toni Morrison, "Song Of Solomon"
Examines the plot and the character of Milkman as metaphors for black experience in U.S.
# 19952 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 1993 | US
Published on Mar 01, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)


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"In her novel Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison uses the history of one black family as a way of commenting on the history of blacks since the Civil War, and the main character of Milkman goes on a quest for his past, discovering how the women of his family have been ill-served by the world, by the men in their lives, and by himself because he has not known of their sacrifice or their reality. Yet this does not necessarily mean that he will be able to achieve a stronger sense of either their lives or his own. Even though his quest appears to be successful, the ambiguous ending of the novel leaves the reader uncertain about his fate, a device whereby Morrison creates some doubt and leaves the reader more interested in seeing to it that such a quest is successful and that a new attitude is created than would be the case if the story were clearly resolved."

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