Song of Solomon Precis

Guitar is a Tool for Flight to Freedom

In her novel Song of Solomon (1977), Toni Morrison, and acclaimed national bestselling author, insinuates that Guitar is a tool to help people fly to freedom and bring equality, whether in helpful or harmful ways. Morrison reveals this idea after Guitar joins Seven Days and picks up a whole new perspective of life and equality, telling Milkman “You listen! You got a life? Live it!" and by inserting the metaphorical “flight” taking place in whatever Guitar is involved in: Mr. Smith couldn’t handle Seven Days and took flight and Milkman is now taking a flight of freedom after his talk with Guitar about robbing Pilate. By using these symbols of flight creating freedom, she creates a dichotomy by first expressing a sense of entrapment by each character in either their race or inner feelings in order to help the reader understand the conflict each character suffers through in order to find themselves and to whom they really belong. Morrison opens her audience to anyone by creating a novel based on the time-period of the conflicts of racism and the hope of freedom but also showing that both sides have people doing equally wrong things; whites killing blacks and blacks retaliating to kill whites and both blacks and whites becoming greedy with the lust of power; both sides needing to make peace find comfort with who they are and whom others are.

Song of Solomon Precis Ch.9

Milkman is the New Macon Dead

In her nationally best-selling novel, Song of Solomon (1977), Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison, confirms her continuous hints about Milkman's growing similarity and resemblence to Macon Dead's controlling nature and lust for power. As Morrison switches perspectives from Milkman to Magdalene called Lena, Lena proclaims how Milkman has "been laughing" at them all his life and how he's been "using", "ordering" and "judging" them without ever picking "up anything heavier than [his] own feet," much like how Macon has been seen as an "imposing", possessive, and overbearing as well. Morrison uses Lena's alternate perspective in order to reveal the truth of Milkman's decline into his father's role through her rant, pouring on him the undeniable facts that he is "taking over, and how he is "exactly like him," providing information previously unknown to the audience to enlighten us and develop Milkman's character even further, verifying his similarity to Macon. Through Lena's rant, Morrison sets an intense mood for the audience as Lena battles with Milkman and uses a condemning tone as she confesses her hatred for him, declaring him a "sad, pitiful, stupid, selfish, hateful man" and hurling insults at him, "I hope your little hog's gut stands you in good stead, and that you take good care of it, because you don't have anything else."

Chapter 11 Precis

In her nationally best-selling novel, Song of Solomon (1977), Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison, adds to her list of biblical allusions throughout the book to equip the reader with knowledge and understanding about certain characters due to their biblical names. Morrison presents Solomon -the friendly, extremely wise man, as the Bible describes Solomon the king- guiding Milkman and wisely breaking up the fight between Milkman and Saul- "All right. All right. That's enough of that." (268)- and Saul presented as violent and persecuting, starting the fight because of his hatred for Milkman and his ideals - just as Saul in the Bible was wholeheartedly against Christianity, persecuting and killing Christians because of his hatred for their ideals. Morrison gives these characters their biblical identity in order to provide the reader with a chance to decipher and foreshadow the character's personality or events because of the name written for them: Solomon serving as the "heart and soul" of the town much like the actual king was to his kingdom, allowing us the ability to trust him based on previous knowledge about the biblical Solomon, and begging the question, if not foreshadowing, Saul reforming his ideals, coming to appreciate Milkman, and taking on a new personality similar to Saul's transformation in the Bible to becoming Paul the apostle. Morrison speaks to an audience understanding of biblical stories and references due to her many sly and inferable references to actual people such as Hagar, Pilate, Ruth, Solomon, Saul, and her title as a book of the Bible- Song of Solomon- intended to keep the reading's tone intimate and allowing the reader light bulb moments of realization about what might happen to these characters or the story.

Song of Solomon Conclusion Precis

In her nationally best-selling novel, Song of Solomon (1977), Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison, continually illustrates the abandonment of women with her characters Ruth, Hagar, and Ryna by contrasting their deep love to a man unwilling to return their feeling. From the beginning, Morrison introduces us to the unrequited love of Ruth Dead since "the emotion [Macon] always felt when thinking of her [was] coated with disgust" (16), and because of his hatred for her, she believed she would "really die that way. With nobody touching [her]" (125) alone and unloved, and similarly, Hagar's pure love for Milkman, although an "anaconda love", was met with his contempt as he "willed her dead" where, she eventually did, -after he scorned her and left her- making her dying words, "He's never going to like my hair" (316). Along with Ruth and Hagar, Ryna's husband, Solomon, "done fly", "done gone" and "cut across the sky"(303), freeing himself from his life but leaving her abandoned with their twenty-one children; alone, afraid, and frenzied. Morrison uses these abandoned female characters in order to explain the role of women at the time, especially black women, and how many were "doormat women" (306), able to be pushed around and stepped on by men because of their hopeless devotion and submissive position in society, knowing, "Love shouldn't be like that" (306); They are "pressed small" (124) by the men in their life, eventually left powerless and abandoned. As a female, Morrison is able to sympathize with these women and directs her theme of women's abandonment in a sorrowful tone toward the women because they are able to sympathize with the characters, and even toward the men in order for them to understand the terrible effects they can have on women.