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Flight in the Song of Solomon Throughout literature it has been common for authors to use allusions to complement frequent motifs in their work In Toni Morrisons Song of Solomon Milkman learns that his desire to fly has been passed down to him from his ancestor Solomon As Milkman is figuring out the puzzle of his ancestry he realizes that when Solomon tried to take his youngest son Jake flying with him he dropped him and Jake never arrived with his father to their destination Milkman spends the later part of his life trying to learn how to fly and how to connect him self with his past relatives He recognizes what is necessary in life and what he needs to do in order to fly Song of Solomon opens with the image of attempted flight as Robert Smith promises to take off from Mercy and fly away on my own wings p3 Pilate does not save him but she sings him to his death O Sugarman done fly O Sugarman done gone and he had seen the rose petals heard the music p9 Milkman Dead born the next day in Mercy Hospital the first colored baby ever to claim that distinction must have been marked by Mr Smiths blue silk wings for when the little boy discovered at four the same thing Mr Smith had learned earlier-- that only birds and airplanes could fly-- he lost all interest in himself p9 Years later Milkman and his friend Guitar are amazed by the mysterious appearance of a peacock over the building of the used car lot where they stand As the bird descends Milkman mistakes it for a female but Guitar corrects him He Thats a he The male is the only one got that tail full of jewelry Son of a bitch p 178 Milkman in all his innocent conviction of male superiority asks why the peacock can fly no better than a
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