Song Of Solomon, By Toni Morrison

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In the novel Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison depicts the many aspects of self-actualization, and the difficulties of growing up in a maltreated life. The story revolves around generations of black family in the south during the segregation of whites and blacks. The character of Macon Dead jr., suffers from a sheltered life. Macon jr., is unaware of his family’s history, and the cruel reality of mistreatment during segregation. In the sheltered and confusing environment Macon jr., lives pushes him to find the authentic individual within himself. Macon jr., evolves through the descriptions, events, and experiences of others. But, who is responsible for making Macon jr.,’s journey of self-actualization to be so slow and difficult. His parents, Macon Dead sr., and Ruth Foster Dead, represent the obstacle hindering Macon jr., from his true authentic identity. Many of Macon jr.,’s major problems are a direct result of his parents suffocating mistakes. Macon jr.’s father, Macon Dead sr., began milkman’s curiosity about his family’s history. Macon Dead sr., puts his personal fears on Macon jr., making it harder for him to find his personal identity. Macon Dead sr. became obsessed with money after his father, Jake, was shot and killed for his property. This devastating event from his childhood made him close-fisted, insensitive, and stingy. Macon Dead sr. becomes a money hungry machine, because he does not want to suffer the same fate as his father. Macon Dead sr. does not to tell
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