Essay on Toni Morrison 's Song Of Solomon

1039 Words Nov 19th, 2015 5 Pages
At first glance, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon portrays Ruth and Pilate as complete opposites. Morrison describes their differences as, “One black, the other lemony. One corseted, the other buck naked under her dress. One well read but ill traveled. The other had read only a geography book, but had been from one end of the country to another. One wholly dependent on money for life, the other indifferent to it”(139). Nonetheless, Ruth and Pilate are, in many ways, very similar: they often find themselves taking the same side in dilemmas, and they love similar people. An obvious similarity between Ruth and Pilate is their distaste for Macon Dead. Ruth has two main reasons for hating Macon. The first cause for her negative feelings is that throughout the book “[Ruth was] long deprived of sex, long dependent on self-manipulation...”(134). Her other motivation is simply that Macon always criticizes her. The first time we hear of Macon, he is described as “Solid, rumbling, likely to erupt without prior notice, Macon kept each member of his family awkward with fear. His hatred of his wife glittered and sparked in every word he spoke to her”(10). Pilate also has two reasons for her resentment of Macon. Similar to Macon being mean to Ruth, Pilate finds Macon acting hostile towards her. This is demonstrated starting with when “She arrived [to Macon’s town] with suitcases, a green sack, a full-grown daughter, and a granddaughter, and found her brother truculent, inhospitable,…

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