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Rising Above it or Getting Left BehindIn Toni Morrisons Song of Solomon many of the characters have very strange and unique names Song of Solomon is a very unique story about the struggles of a black family in the early 1900s Many of the names of characters in the book appear in the Bible In the story three character have their own battles with their own names Pilate is at peace with her name Milkman takes many years to rise above it and Hagar is dragged down by her name All of the characters names have a preset image that they are stamped with some are able to rise above it and make their own name and some are stuck with someone elses identityPilate never le her name get to her she didnt struggle with her name dragging her down Her father Macon picked the name because it was where his finger ended up in the Bible after she was born She is very proud of her name ever since she was twelve years old she has worn an earring with a piece of paper that had her name on it Even though she is named after the villain that crucified Jesus she still is proud of it Pilates unique personality and difference from the rest of the characters is best summed up by how her personality is opposite to that of her namesakes Pilates personality is the opposite of the Pilate that killed Jesus In the story when she had even a little part in a murder she felt very guilty and thought that she should carry the bones of the dead man for the rest of her life Pilate is the type of person that always thinks about things for a long time In contrast the biblical Pilate is not known for thinking or analyzing issues When he killed Jesus he did not wrestle with his conscious about taking the life of another
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