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Song of Soloman A Search for a Beginning O Sugarman done fly away Sugarman done gone Sugarman cut across the sky Sugarman gone home 61 Milkman was born to fly Perhaps not Maybe he was just doomed to a life of flight Toni Morrison seemingly presents her readers a choice Milkman is born under a paradoxical cloud His life seems to be destined for controversy Toni Morrison eventually leaves the reader with a choose your own ending configuration As in Beloved Morrisons unique style of ending a novel with no finalization only enhances the content and tickles the imagination Evidence of the influence of Zora Neale Hurston is sprinkled liberally throughout the story In addition to folklore and mythology Song of Solomon is also rife with the cold hard facts of reality Did Milkman actually become airborne or was he merely a man consistently trying to escape reality Toni Morrisons Song of Solomon was inspired in part by All Gods Chillun Had Wings Andrews et al 103 According to this folk tale at one time all Africans could fly Through transgressions they lost the ability of flight On occasion someone would shake off the weight of their burdens and be able to fly Only a select few held onto remnants of the memory of flight According to a legend in Hurston the transgression was eating salt The Africans brought to Jamaica could all fly They had never eaten salt Those who ate salt after they arrived stayed and became slaves because salt made them too heavy to fly Those who did not partake flew back to Africa Hurston 315 Whether Africans really fly or just escape a monumental burden perhaps only through death is a decision Toni Morrison has apparently left to her readers Never the less no matter what you believe within Song of Solomon the suggestion is that in order to fly you must go back to the beginning back to your roots
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