Love In Toni Morrison's Song Of Solomon

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In an era of oppression, Morrison’s characters achieve love through surrendering of a fake idea. Pilate must shed her baggage in order to fully emancipate herself. Pilate unknowingly carried around the bones of her father assuming the skeleton was the white man her and Macon Dead Jr. killed. After Milkman told Pilate that the bones belong to her father, Milkman noticed that “she seemed happy now”, and “peace circled her” (334). Pilate is finally starting to become free, the final straw being the placement of Sing’s snuffbox on Macon’s grave. Immediately after she is shot and asks Milkman to sing just as her father asked her to sing. She has now become the savior, for she gives Milkman his epiphany. “Without ever leaving the ground, she could…show more content…
Love allows Milkman to evolve into Macon Dead, love lets him shed his belief that love is ownership. Before Milkman’s journey, he held Guitar’s belief that the black woman is his…show more content…
However, once he surrenders his manhood, he is finally able to accept Pilate’s love. In Toni Morrison, “Song of Solomon” and Black Cultural Nationalism, Harry Reed states that “Pilate acts to give black women strength and black men freedom” (57). Pilate freed Milkman by challenging the Eurocentric beliefs on love instilled in him by Guitar in order for Milkman to be able to fly. Hagar, similar to Milkman, must relinquish the notion that love is ownership. However, for Hagar to free herself, she can only do so in death. She has been condemned to death ever since Milkman “used her imminent arrival and feeble attempt at murder as an exercise of his will against hers – an ultimatum to the universe. ‘Die, Hagar, Die’” (301). The only piece of humanity left in her after Milkman’s stunt is to question why Milkman does not find her hair attractive (315). Hagar, unknowingly, sacrifices herself in order to regain her humanity even though, as Pilate states at her funeral, “she was loved” (319). Hagar dies to free herself from false love, Ruth must find love through a relinquishing of typical understandings of
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