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Toni Morrison’s 1977 novel Song of Solomon is easily one of her best-selling novels and is often credited as contributing to her winning the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature.
However, despite its popularity Song of Solomon is in many ways radically...
In the late 20th century, a push and pull existed within the black community, the likes of which had rarely been seen before.
Names are used to create Biblical allusions and delineate legacy among related characters, but one of...
Throughout the course of history, mystical concepts and magical elements have been woven into virtually every civilization’s culture.
Toni Morrison ridicules this masculine domination by satirically empowering the male characters and blinding them to their ignorant conduct while emphasizing the extremities of abuse that women must endure during the story.
However through Milkman’s discovery of what it truly means to be a man, the development of many females characters in the novel and the use of a woman, Pilate, as the most powerful character in the book, Toni Morrison attempts to transcend the subjugation of women and demolish the stereotypic characterization of women’s dependency on men.
Ovid's Metamorphoses, chronicles of Greco-Roman mythology dating over 2000 years ago, depicts the failure of flight through the fates of Icarus and Phaeton, victims of hubris. One ever feels his twoness, -- an American, a Negro: two souls, two thoughts two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. Toni Morrison’s Sula and Song of Solomon examine the ways in which black people in black towns with black ideologies can be physically and emotionally destroyed by the infiltration of any and all institutions that are orchestrated and controlled...
In ‘Song of Soloman’ and ‘Translations’ Morrison and Friel present racial domination through the viewpoint of the oppressed minority group, respectively African-Americans and Irish nationalists.