Religious Names In Toni Morrison's Song Of Solomon

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In Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison utilizes the significance of religious names in the creation of her characters. However, Macon Dead is one of those with an exception. Named after his father in an unfortunate situation his name becomes both his identity and his lack of one. Macon recounts the story to Milkman of how his father was given his name, looking back upon his father in shame. The history of his past drives him to try and find a way to disconnect from it, both the memory of his father and his relationship with Pilate. The name ‘Macon Dead’ represents an inescapable part of his life, in which he recognizes the dissatisfaction it brought him and gives him motivation to change. He runs from everything his father and his sister are, becoming
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