Plot summary[ edit ] Song of Solomon opens with the suicide of Robert Smith, an insurance agent and member of The Seven Days who crafts for himself blue silk wings with which he attempts to fly from the top of Mercy Hospital. The appearance of Smith on the roof causes Ruth to go into labor. Given the chaos that follows and the immediate need of the pregnant mother, the hospital admits her and she delivers her son, Macon Dead III—the first African American child to be born in the hospital. This scene is also the first instance of Pilate singing her song of "Sugarman," which becomes an important detail in uncovering the mysterious heritage of the Dead family.
Plot summary[ edit ] Song of Solomon opens with the suicide of Robert Smith, an insurance agent and member of The Seven Days who crafts for himself blue silk wings with which he attempts to fly from the top of Mercy Hospital.
Smith's attempt at flight and subsequent death functions as the symbolic heralding of the birth of Macon "Milkman" Dead III. A crowd of around fifty people gather to watch the attempted flight, including Milkman's mother, Ruth, his two sisters First Corinthians and Magdalene called Lena, his aunt Pilate, and his friend later in life, Guitar.
The appearance of Smith on the roof causes Ruth to go into labor. Given the chaos that follows and the immediate need of the pregnant mother, the hospital admits her and she delivers her son, Macon Dead III—the first African-American child to be born in the hospital.
This scene is also the first instance of Pilate singing her song of "Sugarman," which becomes an important detail in uncovering the mysterious heritage of the Dead family. Smith's blue silk wings must have left their mark, because when the little boy discovered, at four, the same thing Mr.
Smith had learned earlier—that only birds and airplanes could fly—he lost all interest in himself.
Also at four-years-old, Macon is given his nickname, Milkman. Functioning as an escape from her repetitive life and loveless marriage and also as a way to feel a mothering connection to her son, Ruth still breastfeeds Milkman. One day, she is caught in the act by Freddie, one of Macon Dead Jr.
As for given names, Milkman's follows his paternal familial tradition with first sons being named after their fathers. The reader comes to find that the name Macon Dead, is actually a clerical error made by a white man when recording information about Macon Dead Sr.
The reader comes to discover that Macon Dead Sr. The names for Milkman's sisters also follow a paternal tradition.
The father points to a random spot in the Bible and the daughter is then given the name that appears wherever the father's finger lands. Milkman's aunt was named by the same process and is called Pilate.
Pilate also follows the tradition with her own daughter Reba who applies the tradition to her daughter Hagar.
Pilate, a bootlegger and quasi witch-woman, becomes a central figure in the novel as Milkman grows through adolescence and into his thirties. Pilate was highly influential in Milkman's birth and conception. Macon later becomes aware of the deceit and attempts to undermine the child's birth, but is thwarted by a "voodoo" doll that Pilate creates and threatens him with.
Travelling up from Pennsylvania, Macon Dead sought to make a life for himself and was successful both in terms of managing real estate and in marrying Ruth, the daughter of the only black doctor in town. But Macon is also estranged from his sister because of their past. Their father, an illiterate farmer, is swindled into giving up his land and is subsequently murdered when he refuses to move.
Fleeing, Macon and Pilate as children come across a cave that contains bags of gold. An old man is asleep in the cave and approaches Macon and Pilate and Macon kills him.
Because they killed the man, Pilate will not allow Macon to take the gold, claiming that it would be stealing and that they would be in enough trouble for killing the white man. Consequently, Macon resents his sister for the missed opportunity at riches.
The two siblings parted ways shortly after the incident in the cave. Pilate wanders for a time, working in New York State as a migrant worker and again in Virginiacontinually ousted by the communities for her absence of a navel.
She eventually settles in a community on an island off of the coast of Virginia and there becomes pregnant with her daughter Reba. Seemingly motivated to wander by the geography book Pilate keeps with her, she roams for a period of around twenty years collecting rocks from everywhere she lives until Reba becomes pregnant with Hagar.
Deciding that Hagar needs her extended family, Pilate moves her daughter and grand daughter to Michigan to be nearer her brother Macon.
For Milkman, while in his teens, Pilate becomes the first glimpse into his family's past. He also forms a romantic and highly sexually driven connection with his cousin Hagar through his relationship with Pilate.
Milkman's relationship with his family is strained, particularly towards his father. This is partially because Milkman is so removed from his family's identity—and his own—that his family serves to isolate him.
He has very little connection with his sisters and "Part One" of the novel ends with Lena admonishing Milkman for his selfishness and connecting the novel back to its beginning where Milkman, as a child, accidentally urinates on his sister alongside the road on a Sunday outing in the family's car.Explanation of the famous quotes in Song of Solomon, including all important speeches, comments, quotations, and monologues.
Song Analysis: "The Cave" by Mumford & Sons - BACKGROUND West London-based Mumford & Sons is a folk/indie-rock band that favours atypical instrumentation, conjures up a unique sound, and appeals to a wide range of listeners.
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Song of Solomon is a novel by American author Toni metin2sell.com follows the life of Macon "Milkman" Dead III, an African-American man living in Michigan, from birth to adulthood.. This book won the National Books Critics Award, was chosen for Oprah Winfrey's popular book club, and was cited by the Swedish Academy in awarding Morrison .
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