Diversity In Song Of Solomon

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Among many of Toni Morrison’s novels on the history of African-Americans slavery, Song of Solomon concentrates on the protagonist's quest to find self-identity, enlightening readers on the experiences African-Americans have undergone and racial discrimination throughout the Midwest. Morrison’s incorporation of multicultural literature in Song of Solomon can support children's developing minds by promoting self-awareness of their identity, implementing diversity in society, and revealing the conflicts regarding racism and inequality. In Song of Solomon written by Toni Morrison, the author provides a variety of key periods in African-American history that have been brutally involved in racial violence. This demonstrates why implementing multicultural …show more content…

Providing readers with multicultural literature such as Song of Solomon, to recognize the importance of appreciating diverse cultures. “Literature plays a significant role in child development and growth because it helps children to understand the reality they live in or to discover other cultures, giving them the opportunity to develop empathy and respect for cultural differences” (Braga). The quotation in Arianna Baraga's article correlates to the Song of Solomon because they both focus on informing readers and youth of the importance of multicultural literature to overall create cultural awareness and celebrate individuality amongst ethnic cultures. The author attached the dreadful story of Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old boy that was kidnapped and murdered because he made a flirtatious remark to a white woman, the incident occurred on August 28, 1955, that brought global attention to racial violence and inequality. Morrison's opinion surrounding the death of Emmett Till should be a national issue, therefore, implementing his story in Song of Solomon. In chapter three of the novel Milkman and Guitar hearing the devastating news of Emmett Till’s death on the radio: “A young Negro boy had been stomped to death in Sunflower County, Mississippi. There was no question about who stomped him” (Morrison 80). Morrison provides real-life events such as Emmett …show more content…

The symbol is first introduced in chapter one with Robert Smith, an insurance agent seen wearing a powder blue suit and silk wings. Mr. Smith attempts to “fly” away from Mercy Hospital “I will take off from Mery and fly away on my own wings” (Morrison 3). The outcome of Mr. Smith’s flight can be inferred as suicide, his attempted flight can be viewed as a failure of freedom. The references to flight are indicating the escape and freedom from enslavement and emphasize how it formed the African-American identity. An additional time Morrison includes the symbol of flight is the oral history of The “Flying Africans” Myth, since the earliest of enslavement, this myth has been handed down from generations. In chapter fourteen Milkman is curious about The “Flying Africans” Myth and questions Susan Byrd about this folktale. Susan informs Milkman that The “Flying Africans” Myth is about enslaved African-American individuals who flew home to Africa to be free from slavery. Susan notifies Milkman that Macon Dead Ⅰ, also known as Jake, Milkman's great-grandfather escapes slavery by metaphorical flying over the Atlantic to Africa leaving his family behind. The absence of Jack impacts Macron's wife Ryna, leaving her to fend for themselves. In the final Chapters Milkman gains independence and freedom by leaping into the air, eventually learning to fly. The motif flight is a representation

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