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Song of Solomon

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Transcript of Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon
Chapters 7-10 (pages 162-258)

Nick Distaso
Mary Rademacher
Katie Higgins
Shannon Moley
Kyle Santopadre

The Investigator
As investigator, researching Toni Morrison's childhood led me to discover things about her that explain major events in the novel.
During chapters 7-10, things begin to explode for Milkman. After discovering the entire truth about Macon's and Pilate's history, Milkman decides to leave for Pennsylvania to try and find Pilate's gold.
There were many similarities between Morrison and Milkman: both of their fathers were greedy, and both of their grandfathers were cheated out of land by white southerners
The most important comparison is not the similarities, but the differences between Morrison and Milkman: The lack of storytelling in Milkman's childhood completely contradicts Morrison's childhood.
Morrison's family was constantly telling stories about their relatives and ancestors, or African folklore or songs
Many of the lessons that Morrison learned from these stories are included, although very mildly, in her novels, including "Song of Solomon"
How the Zebra Got its Stripes: example of an African fable.
How does this fable relate to the events that happen in chapters 7-10 of "Song of Solomon?"
Specifically, the baboon represents Macon not allowing Milkman to leave his business, while the Zebra represents Milkman disobeying him in the end
For Milkman, the "fight" lasted much longer and was more of a discovery about himself and his family than a fight with his family
Chapter 7: Macon begs Milkman to not leave town
By Chapter 10, Milkman is gone, after a series of life-changing events
This story is simply one example of how the stories that Morrison heard as a child influenced her writing
Many African fables have lessons about lying, cheating, and friendship that influenced other aspects of "Song of Solomon" in different chapter
In addition, a very important lesson that Morrison enforced in this novel was the importance of storytelling, which is why Milkman's character went on a huge personal journey to discover things about himself.
The Connector
The bombing of the 16th street church
50th anniversary took place just a few weeks ago
Sunday September 15 1963
Four young girls died and many were injured
the Ku Klux Klan
Macon talked to Milkman in chapter seven
Tells the full story about what happen between him and Pilate
Never found the right time
My family waited to tell me my history
Connection #2
Connection #1
Connection #3
seven days organization
Guitar is in danger
danger of today’s gangs and criminals
If you mess up these people will kill you
Guitar really needed the gold
Connection #4
Milkman looks at himself in the mirror
Everyone has a moment like this where they feel shame for themselves
A lot more depth and humanity to the character
Sense of regret
Question #1
What does Milkman’s bad leg represent? How do his actions affect it?
Question #2
How are the women in the novel portrayed now in comparison to the beginning of the novel?
Question #3
What does the peacock symbolize?
Analyze this passage. Why is it so important? What does it say about Milkman and the relationships he made?

Page 180
"He avoided commitment and strong feelings, and shied away from decisions. He wanted to know as little as possible, to feel only enough to get through the day amiably and to be interesting enough to warrant the curiosity of other people-but not their all-consuming devotion."

Page 163 Paragraph 2
“….Money is freedom….”

Page 172 Paragraph 6
“Macon, get it and you can have half of it; go wherever you want. Get it. For both of us. Please get it, son. Get the gold.”

Page 178 Paragraph 16
“Let’s catch it. Come on, Milk,”

Analyze the following quotes...
CLASS ACTIVITY
Which character do you think you connect most with from Toni Morrison’s book “Song of Solomon” and why?

For Milkman go to table A
For Macon go to table B
For Pilate go to table C
For none go to table D

Take two minutes to talk to the others at your table and then explain why you choose what you choose.
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