Pontius Pilate In Toni Morrison's Song Of Solomon

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Pilate is the protagonist of Song of Solomon because she serves as the novel’s moral compass. In the novel, Toni Morrison does not give a direct insight into the feelings or thinkings of Pilate, but here importance is still understood within the audience. Pilate Dead’s name is purposefully used by Toni Morrison to draw a contrast to the biblical reference of Pontius Pilate. In the Bible, Pontius Pilate is a man that looked for himself in adversity and choose the easy way out. He was the man who ordered Jesus to crucifixion even though he internally knew the Jesus was innocent. However, despite being named after an individual who ordered Jesus crucifixion, we know Pilate Dead is not, in fact, cruel or ill-minded. In fact, she serves as a compass
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