While Milkman was living at home with his mother and father, he felt as he did not receive the comfort of family as he should. Milkman’s father, Macon Jr., despises his wife and abuses her. Milkman does not stand for this and fights Macon Jr. for his mother, Ruth Foster Dead. Milkman begins to feel uncomfortable after Macon tells him that Ruth imbibed her father’s fingers after his death. Macon Jr. is selfish and greedy about becoming wealthy and drives his family to misery. Macon Jr. is who influences Milkman to go on his own and become wealthy. Milkman, at this point, is confused as to who he is. He does not know in which direction his li...
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The last few lines of the novel indicate all of the obstacles Milkman had to go through to achieve what he wanted on his journey. The journey is a symbol of Milkman being independent and being able to learn how to “fly” just like his great grandfather Solomon was able to. The time period in which Morrison wrote Song of Solomon was tough on racial issues. Having a prize winning novel written by an African American female was an accomplishment during that time as race and gender discrimination were prevalent among many communities.
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