Macon's resentment for Ruth comes from his perception that she had an obsessive, sexual relationship with her father and her daily attempts at emasculating him. Thus, Milkman's sisters are named First Corinthians and Magdalene called Lena. Because Macon has no respect for the poor black people of the town he and his family naturally are disconnected from the ongoing racial issues affecting the black society. This is partially because Milkman is so removed from his family's identity—and his own—that his family serves to isolate him. The circumstances of her birth make her a character of supernatural proportions. Milkman recalls how he witnessed his mother leaving Not Doctor Street on a bus late at night.
Indeed, the search for gold that sends him to Virginia reveals his perception that escaping from his past and his responsibilities and finding material treasure will guarantee him a sense of his own identity. The story revolves around generations of black family in the south during the segregation of whites and blacks. Consequently, Macon resents his sister for the missed opportunity at riches. He later returns to the Byrd house and is able to confirm his suspicions through the information that Susan relates to him. Guitar, my great-granddaddy could flyyyyyy and the whole damn town is named after him. Instead, through a series of mishaps and coincidences, he finds himself on a spiritual quest for his identity. Also at four-years-old, Macon is given his nickname, Milkman.
Even with the prospects of freedom, power and fame, for what else can vast wealth truly purchase, he is unable to conceive of a future for himself. Graham is a liberal who writes sentimental poetry and hires First Corinthians as a maid. In the process, he has become an emotionally dead slumlord. Milkman Dead Milkman is considered the protagonist of the novel by critics who view Song of Solomon primarily as a coming-of-age story. O8749 S6 1987 Preceded by Followed by Song of Solomon is a 1977 novel by American author. Morrison oes not make her death seem like a tragedy because Pilate seems ready to accept death. He even walks against the flow of traffic on the street.
Prior to this transformation, Milkman is a selfish young man who lacks any consideration for others. Milkman has the hook up. Chapter 5 Summary Driven mad by her overpowering love, Hagar ceases to be interested in anything other than Milkman. He was born with a caul and had visions that revealed the truths hidden behind the facade of real life. And unlike Odysseus, whose journey is aided by gods and goddesses with supernatural powers, Pilate herself is endowed with supernatural powers; she completes her journey without the help of others' magic or divine intervention.
Both Odysseus and Milkman search for their ancestral homes. Yup, Milkman develops a mad crush on Hagar. His grandfather died because he was so proud of what he had accomplished that he would have rather died than let the white people take it away from him. Although he fits in at upscale parties, Milkman feels alienated by his family, other -African-Americans of all classes, and humanity in general. He imagines only an endlessly comfortable, banal present. Unwilling to commit himself to any one goal, Milkman rejects all options, choosing to continue his aimless drifting and cut himself off from the people who care for him.
Morrison produced this novel in 1977 just as racial issues and discrimination were at its peaks. He lacks compassion, wallows in self-pity, and alienates himself from the African-American community. Milkman leaves and finds the cave, but he finds no gold and only one human skeleton where there should have been two. Slowly, in his mind, Milkman begins to piece together what little he knows about his family history and the history of the song. Reba has a strong sexual drive but is attracted to abusive men.
Spiritually dead and mentally enslaved by apathy and materialism, Milkman embarks on a quest for his inheritance, which he initially believes to be Pilate's gold. Porter is a member of the Seven Days when First Corinthians visits his room to see many calendars on the walls. Now that Morrison has explained the background that Milkman comes from the reader can now understand why Milkman has such personality flaws. Pilate was highly influential in Milkman's birth and conception. The main protagonist, Milkman achieves personal freedom through attainment of knowledge, by confronting his family, and by overcoming the prejudices of society.
Between Guitar and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Milkman finds what we call mentors, who teach him how to do such things as walk, find beer, and pick up the ladies. Pilate performed an aunt Jemima act to assist in their release. Milkman appears to be destined for a life of self-alienation and isolation because of his commitment to the materialism and the linear conception of time that are part of the legacy he receives from his father, Macon Dead. His grandfather died because he was so proud of what he had accomplished that he would have rather died than let the white people take it away from him. Pilate values family and community and reveres her African and American heritage, as symbolized by her quilt. Milkman is now dressed as an ordinary person, no different from anyone else in the town.
And that, friends, is the sign of a good book. Unfortunately, the effort amounts to little and Hagar succumbs to her grief in similar fashion to Ryna. One day, she is caught in the act by Freddie, one of Macon Dead Jr. Lots of people were interested in whether I lived or died, but he cared. The men laugh at Milkman's expense, but later give him the honor of removing the cat's heart when they clean the animal.