Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's Song Of Solomon Essay

1316 Words Nov 29th, 2016 6 Pages
The Flight to Freedom
To be able to fly you have to drop all things that weigh you down. You have to leave vanity, and pride behind. Toni Morrison’s characters display the racial and gender pressures that were placed onto the black community in the past. In her novel Song of Solomon Toni Morrison uses the characters Milkman to express that by forsaking your history to integrate into a different culture, you risk ostracization from your community old and new. The only way to become fulfilled is through embracing your identity.
Milkman’s family is the epitome of white values. In the beginning of the book you could mistakenly believe you are following the perspective of a white family. Macon Dead uses his family as props to improve his imagine and reputation. Macon Dead II is a property owner, a vehicle owner, and is known as the richest black person in town. Every Sunday he will take a slow drive around town showing off his family and the money he has earned. Signifying his attempts persuade the opinion of those in town; he shows off his wealth, and hopefully people notice. Macon Dead Sr. places his self-worth on money, those that are poorer are seen as beneath him (Zhao 589). The murder of Macon’s father changed him. He thought that if he could integrate into white culture, he would not be seen as lesser. Resulting in a pursuit of greed, the importance of community and family is not seen as a priority to Macon Dead Sr. anymore, reputation, and property take precedence over…

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