Song of Solomon; Desire to Fly Essay

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Since the beginning of time human beings have had a fascination with human flight. As one watches a bird soar through the air they cannot help but desire that same capability. Imagine the point of view of the world from the bird that flies amoung the mountains, high above the trees, over the ocean and far away from the clamor of everyday life on the ground. To have the freedom and power to release ones self from the tribulations experienced with two feet on the ground, and spring up and away into the peaceful, blue sky, is a common human desire. Since ancient times, flight has represented the opportunity to free ones self from the chains of oppression. This theme of flight is exemplified in the novel Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison. In…show more content…
While flight remains conspicuously absent throughout Milkman's childhood, it frequently reoccurs when he is on his quest to rediscover his past. Milkman's first act of flying is an airplane ride to an old town where his father's family once resided; it is his flight to finding himself. "The airplane ride exhilarated him, encouraged illusion and a feeling of invulnerability. High above the clouds, heavy yet light, caught in the stillness of speed" (Morrison 220). Milkman feels immune to all the mistakes of his past, as though they could not have ever existed. "In the air, away from real life, he felt free, but on the ground, when he talked to Guitar just before he left, the wings of all those other people's nightmares flapped in his face and constrained him" (Morrison 220). Milkman searches for freedom from his past mistakes, from the baggage of the people in his life, and from the expectations of his father. This first flight on an airplane grants Milkman the feeling of freedom he has searched for all his life, at least for the short amount of time he remains in the air in the "intricate metal become glistening bird" (Morrison 220). He gains a taste of the freedom towards which he strives, and this momentary bliss helps him to realize the
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