Song Of Solomon
Two Political Extremes
Within the introspective pages of her renowned novel Song of Solomon (1977), Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison establishes a dichotomy between the political views of Macon Dead III and Guitar. By establishing Guitar as a man who is ready to take action against racial injustice by “ha[ving] to do something” (Morrison 154) even if it meant killing (“it’s got to be done” (Morrison 155)), Morrison exhibits Guitar's extreme views; Milkman is established as a man indifferent to the struggles of the blacks in the south and as comfortable with the lifestyle of just another “northern [Negro] run[ning] amok” to portray his extreme indifference towards the plight of persecuted Negroes (Morrison 115). This polarity is established in order to further extend the differences between Macon Dead III and Guitar. Morrison’s even tone regarding the dichotomy between the two extreme views towards amending racial issues creates inner turmoil within the reader and questions whether it is justified to resort to violence for justice or to live in comfortable apathy and ignorance.