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Analysis of Song of Solomon Essay

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Song of Solomon
Significance of Title: Relates to the song about Milkman’s great grandfather, Solomon, also the name of last book in the Old Testament. Reveals underlying connections and message of novel. Setting: A city near Lake Superior, Not Doctor Street, Danville, Shalimar POV: Third person limited omniscient, Reader feels as if apart of cities and lifestyles, does not reveal all character thoughts. Plot: Begins with Mr. Smith about to jump from Mercy Hospital, Time skip to the Dead family, Macon Jr still breast fed at four years old by mother, Freddie (town crier) sees this, Macon Jr forever named Milkman, Time skip eight years, Milkman befriends Guitar, Both go to visit Pilate/Milkman’s aunt, They learn how to make soft
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Peacock appears in moments of greed (Guitar gold discussion scene) Ghost Appearances- Pilate see’s Macon the 1st/Jake occasionally, Represents a guiding force, Pilate believes in supernatural, Contrasts with Milkman’s disbelief in superstition, Alludes to Milkman’s disconnect from life. Egg Recipe- Symbolizes Pilates openness and carefree demeanor, Contrasts with Milkman’s indifference, Milkman goes with the flow- does not let himself develop in peace. Also represents balance, Perfect egg requires balance and timing, Milkman lacks balance, Results in vain and inhumane personality. Birth Stories- Contains ties to supernatural elements, Conditions that cannot be controlled, Pilate born with no belly button, Results in independence and self-reliance. Reiterates idea of supernatural guiding forces. Lena’s Tree- Symbolizes Milkman’s debilitating effect of those close to him, Milkman ruins life of Corinthian, Represents Milkman’s lack of self-reliance, always dependent on others, Reveals Milkman’s arrogance
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