The Relationship Between Malcolm X and Song of Solomon

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The plight of the civil rights movement stands as one of the most influential and crucial elements to African-American history. We can accredit many activist, public speakers, and civil rights groups, to the equality and civil rights that African-American men and women are able to have in this country today. We see repeated evidence of these historical movements describes in fiction, plays, TV, and many other forms of media and literature. An artistic license is provided to many authors developing these concepts amongst their writing. When examining specific characters and literary works you can see an indirect comparison to the personality traits, actions, decisions, and journey to that of real-life historical figures. Toni Morrison's novel “Song of Solomon" is an evident example of literary work that utilizes the plight of the African-American community to develop an in-depth and complex storyline and plot. Not only does Toni Morrison use specific historical figures as references for her own characters, she also makes use of biblical figures, and mythological Greek gods and goddesses. When evaluating Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon” you can relate each and every character to a specific historical figure or mythological being in history. But to focus on a specific character you would look towards one of the protagonists. Guitar and Milkman can serve as main individuals that can be symbolic of other political and civil rights activist involved in history. When addressing Guitar and his ways of actions, and looking towards the historical figures in the civil rights movement, Guitar's behavior can reflect towards that of Malcolm X. His need to protect the African American community and defend himself against the destruction cause... ... middle of paper ... ...n American community was nothing to sweat over especially when it was committed at the hands of white individuals. Nonetheless more people of color were at risk of facing the same fate as they both endured. This turn of events is what leads both Malcolm X and Guitar down a path of vengeance. Seeking to avenge the loss of their fathers is a driving force that they share behind their choice of actions. Works Cited Guitar Bains in Song of Solomon. (n.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2014, from Haley, M. X. (1992). The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As told to Alex Haley. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. Morrison, T. (2004). Song Of Solomon. New York, NY: Random House Inc. . "Civil Rights Movement." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. (2005). 16 Jun. 2014 .

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