Song of Solomon

Aliah Bowman

Enduring Seven Days

In her national bestseller Song of Solomon, national Book Critics Circle Award winner Toni Morrison implies that the affects of being victims of hate crimes and race wars takes a toll on both sides and the continuance of the fatalities only prolongs the end. Morrison best exemplifies this in Guitar, a memeber of the Seven Days "gang"-a group of black men who seek to "[bring] balance [to] the earth, the land"(158) by killing however many white people as the number of black people killed. For every negro killed Guitar and his gang kill a white person whether the killing is their fault or not, and for the sake of his avenged race he "cant marry. . . [or] have children"(159) which is a life he finds, "very satisfying"(159), and has the freedom to off himself "rather the crack and tell somebody. . . if it ever gets to be too much"(158). Morrison asserts this into her story in order to force her audience to realize that negroes' hands were not as clean as they seemed; though in retaliation to the atraucities done against them, they killed white people out of an equal hatred for the white race believing that one side would give and the violence would cease. Because of this fact, Morrison's intended audience was African Americans. She sets a somber and indifferent tone for this passage in order to display the indifference of African Americans who were like the members of the Seven Days gnag.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Nobel Prize winning Toni Morrison, in her critically aclaimed Song of Solomon, assert the idea of double-sidedness and secrecy among female characters such as Corinthians who tells her mother that she works as a secretary when in fact she is "Miss Graham's maid"(187). She is double-sided in the idea that she has the persona she would like her family to see and her real self, and "she [knows] she [is] ashamed of [it], that she would have to add. . . to the . . . [secrets]"(194). Along with having a lower-status job, she also decides to keep her relationship with Henry Porter, an eldery black man who lives on the sothside, a secret from her family. While this may be more of a social status matter, the fact that she is a middle-age woman lying about her life, even if it's her love life, helps the concept of the double-sided coin that is woman. Morrison's intended audience is women, and through the troubles of Corinthians' secretive life she helps to persuade woman to be more truthful about their life, even if they risk receiving criticism for it. She uses and downhearted tone to show they struggles of Corinthian's double life.