Song of Solomon
The Dead Family
In the historical fiction novel called Song of Solomon (1977), Toni Morrison, a Nobel prize winner in Literature, suggests that Corinthians Dead carries the same personality as the men of her family. Up until the end of Part 1 of the novel, Morrison does not mention Milkman's sisters other than the fact that remain lifeless as they believed that they remained "unfit for any work other than the making of red velvet roses" (Morison 187); however, by drawing out Corinthians's relationship with Henry Porter and revealing the thoughts that traveled across Corinthian's mind, Morrison creates an image of Corinthians that stays extremely similar to the men of her family, who view themselves as superior, as she "was glad she had never shown or mentioned either the card or [Henry Porter] to anyone" (193), which shows her embarrassment towards those "lower" than herself, and as she continues through a thought process that accentuates her ego ("She was First Corinthians Dead, daughter of a wealthy property owner and elegant Ruth Foster...and had Frenchmen salivating all over Paris" (197)). Using these ways to highlight Corinthians's similarity to the Dead men's ego, Morrison exaggerates Corinthians' way of thinking in order to refer back to Pilates line ("Ain't but three Deads alive" (38)) because the display of Corinthians' ego completes the idea that Macon II's family exists technically as a dead family because they remain consumed by greed and thoughts of superiority, which sucks the life and happiness out of the family. As Morrison takes on the voice of Corinthians, she makes sure to carry a tone of conceit and fake elegance with the character that helps all readers realize the details of the character First Corinthians Dead.