International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 3, Issue 8, Part E (2017)
Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon: Complexities of familial love
Love and its scarcity is the central issue Morrison deals with over and again in her fictional works. Like her other novels in Song of Solomon too Morrison has introduced the fears of black America – of the disintegration of black identity and the demolition of African values after the love for consumerist/capitalist culture. Morrison has clearly underlined that in the state of isolation or without an individual’s integration into his/her community, wholeness can never be realized. Written around the emergence of Civil Rights Movement, the novel is mainly focused on the subject of a free black man. That the novel emphasizes Morrison’s adoration for the black man can be testified by the fact that she has written this novel in the memory of her no more loving “Daddy”. Sharing the title and theme with an Old Testament book, Song of Songs, Morrison’s Song of Solomon narrates the tale of an emotional alienated black man, Milkman and his quest for family gold which eventually turning his love for money into love for family inheritance and spirituality leads the reader into a debate on internal purification and love as sacrifice and love as possession and accumulation. This paper explores the complications of familial love in both emotionally dead family of the Deads and emotionally enriched family of Pilate.
How to cite this article:
Payal. Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon: Complexities of familial love. Int J Appl Res 2017;3(8):273-276.