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1 Song of Solomon By: Toni Morrison

2 Quotes  “They wondered if one of those things that racial-uplift groups were always organizing was taking place”  Historical and Racial reference to the Great Migration where racial-uplift groups would come and rouse up the crowd to move to the North.

3 Toni Morrison  Born February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio  Writes African American Literature  Song of Solomon was written in 1977  3 rd Novel  Nobel Prize in Literature (1993)  Presidential Medal of Freedom  Highest Civilian Award  Bestowed by the President

4 Toni Morrison (Continued)  Top 100 banned books.  Three of her books are on the list.  Song of Solomon is one of those…  Maybe someone will ban this one too since Invisible Man’s banishment went over so smoothly.  Provoking Emotions?  Schools do not want students to get too emotionally worked up over a book.

5 Foundational Information  Setting: Mostly in the 1960s in Michigan although flashbacks occur quite frequently which take the reader back as far as the early 1900s.  Point of View: Third Person Omniscient

6 Primary Characters  Milkman Dead-Protagonist-crucial to the novel due to his strong influence on other characters.  Breast-Fed way too long!! Not Healthy  Great Dancer  Likes Women…………….A Lot  Works for his evil dad.

7 Pilate Dead  She doesn’t have a belly-button?  Kyle XY??? Coincidence I Think Not….  Lived in more states than anyone.  She’s wild and crazy.

8 More Primary…  Macon Jr.  Guitar Bains  Hagar  Ruth Foster Dead

9 Secondary  Macon Dead I  Dr. Foster  Reba  Sing  Freddie  Solomon

10 Summary Overview  Insurance Agent commits suicide.  Milkman is born.  Milkman becomes heartless with age.  Loses compassion and resembles his father.  Milkman begins having flashbacks.  Milkman wants to know who he really is.  He experiences a change in character.  Guitar wants to destroy Milkman but destroys Pilate instead.

11  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnTsBxA9Zcg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnTsBxA9Zcg  The Christ figure of Desdemona inspired Toni Morrison

12 Underlying Themes  Women and Feminimity  Supernatural Beings  Visions of America  Exploration  Race  Identity  Love

13 Religious Connections  This entire novel is based off of religious connections starting from the title of the novel, “Song of Solomon”  Song of Songs  Biblical Names.  Ruth, Jacob, First Corinthians, Pilate.  Pilate, was the leader who authorized the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  Solomon-built the first temple in Jerusalem.

14 Symbols  The hymnals.  Biblical references  Pilate is the Christ Figure in the novel which is ironic because he was an evil ungodly man.

15 HISTORY!!!!!  President Lincoln-Signed the emancipation proclamation.  Slavery  Malcolm X-group of violent black Muslims during the 1950s and 1960s before his assassination.  John F. Kennedy-fought for unification of the races.  Fought for integration and the destruction of racism in America.

16  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S7zGgL6Suw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S7zGgL6Suw

17 “Sugar man done fly away.”


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