The Song of Solomon Book Review by Writing Specialists

The Song of Solomon
This paper analyzes the saga of African-Americans in "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison.
# 92144 | 1,575 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 15, 2007 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Racism)

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The paper describes "Song of Solomon" as a dynamic story of shifting values and awakening consciousness of a network of African-Americans that are bound to the common theme of finding their true selves in the midst of the residual damage left from the days of slavery. The paper explains that, while each character faces a different set of challenges, their heritage is intertwined through blood, friendship and their individual drive to uncover who they are and where they belong in their culture. The story is told through the eyes of Milkman, a boy with deep insecurity and confusion about his identity. The paper highlights the ultimate consequence of generations of racism that cause the unfortunate circumstances of Milkman's life.

From the Paper:

"Milkman, through whose eyes the story is told, was breast-fed by his mother until he was a young boy, far longer than what is normally considered acceptable. A "friend" saw the little boy at his mother's breast, and dubbed him "Milkman," a label that stuck throughout his life. The nickname, as well as having one short leg, contributed to young Milkman's already deep insecurity and confusion about his identity. By the time he reaches adulthood, Milkman is angry, judgmental and indifferent, almost disconnected from his own spirit. Milkman's story is a man's search for his own personal values, and how each person in his life provides a piece to the puzzle of his true character."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Morrison, Toni Song of Solomon, Penguin Books, New York: 1987.

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