Preci Voyage in Song of Solomon
Milkman as a Blind Traveler
Hagar as a Slave
Milkman Branching into Huck Finn
In the novel Song of Solomon by Nobel Prize recipient, Toni Morrison (1977), we can suggest that Milkman has swapped out his ironed jeans, glossy watch, and a wallet full of hundreds for swamp water and foreign berries--tackling on the way of life as Huck Finn. "He was his own director--relieving himself when he wanted to, stopping for a cold beer when he was thirsty, and even in a seventy-five dollar car the power was strong." (Morrison 260). Milkman has lived his entire life confined in his own version of "The Truman Show", in which his reality was fixated on what those around him thought was ethical--such as his employment and appearance. However, when he exits his stage he transforms--becoming rooted with himself. Morrison laces Milkman up for his journey down his own river in which "Bits of skin still peeled from his toes" (Morrison 271) in order to continue to shed the skin of who he thought he was--and give life to who he actually is--much like Huck Finn does when he runs away from the Widow Douglas' house. Morrison uses diction and tone that reminds the reader just how undeveloped Milkman's character is. Milkman's thoughts aren't complex, yet the closer he gets to when Morrison places him in the forest--his thinking transcends.