Flight in Toni Morisson's Song of Solomon Essay
when [Milkman] discovered, at four, the same thing Mr. Smith had learned earlier - that only birds and airplanes could fly - he lost all interest in himself."(p 9) Milkman believes without the gift of flight, life is not worth living. This becomes extremely important to the theme of flight as well as the meaning of the book as the story progresses.
Milkman's true feelings about flight are shown next time Pilate, who is his aunt, sings the song. When Guitar, Milkman's 'main man', and Milkman go over