When one is confronted with a problem, we find a solution easily, but when a society is confronted with a problem, the solution tends to prolong itself. One major issue that is often discussed in today’s society that has been here for as long as we’ve known it, is racism. Racism is also a very repetitive theme in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Almost every character has experienced racism whether it be towards them or they are the ones giving the racism in this novel. Racism is a very controversial topic as many have different perspectives of it. In Toni’s novel, three characters that have very distinct perspectives on racism are Macon Dead, Guitar, and Dr. Foster. These characters play vital roles throughout the novel.
Macon Dead is the father of the main character, Milkman Dead. He is portrayed to be wealthy, something abnormal during the setting of the novel. Macon is fully aware of racism but isn’t concerned about it or doesn’t see the significance of it. On page 71, Macon is shown to be disgusted when Dr. Foster checks the skin complexion of his granddaughters as for him it doesn’t mean much. Macon is too preoccupied with getting ahead financially in order to put importance on racism. On page 21, Macon charges Guitar’s mother rent money that she is behind on. Guitars mother pleads for a few extra days after that of which Macon prescribed to be the due date. Guitars mother tells him her financial
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situation and he doesn’t feel any sympathy towards them and demands that on that Saturday she’ll have his money. Macon knows the struggles they have financially and without Guitar’s mother having to say it, he knows their struggle racially. He didn’t feel any sense of sympathy for ...
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...against racism that would be considered justifiable? Guitar wasn’t able to find a different manner to do so. He was deeply affected by the racism and only one possible manner to go against it presented itself. Dr. Foster was someone who was racist. His higher educational level added to his sense of superiority. Foster was crafted in a manner that showed what racism could do to a person, making you actually even hate your own race. Macon Dead was the character that was able to overcome racism and become successful or wealthy. He didn’t stress over racism because he wasn’t as limited as the other characters were with a one track mind. All three of these characters exhibit perspectives on racism in today’s society as well. The most difficult issues that we come across are societal issues because they are based on morality and everyone has a different sense of morality.
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