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O Sugarman done fly away Sugarman done gone Sugarman cut across the sky Sugarman gone homeMorrison 11 So unfolds the beginning scene of Toni Morrisons Song of Solomon Nursery rhymes fables fairy tales ghost stories folktales and legends are the primary sources fueling Milkmans self-discovery through the journey of the novel It is human nature to cling to and use fantastical or fictitious accounts to give their lives significance for Milkman the discovery of his entire family history depended on such surreal sources Ever hear the story about the snake Well the man saw this baby snake bleeding and hurtAnd the man felt sorry for it andfed it and took care of itThen one day the snake turned on him and bit him64 Macon used the fable of the betraying serpent to caution Milkman about staying away from his aunt This was one of the first fictitious references inserted by Morrison Following this story session Macon continues to refer to his sister Pilate with the title of a snake ready to shed its skin The fable sets up Macons regards towards his sister with very specific thoughts and feelings it also sets up the beginning of Milkmans resentment towards his father Another grotesque situation which took a large part of Milkmans life is described with references to the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin Like the millers daughterthe one who sat at night in a straw-filled room thrilled with the secret power Rumpelstiltskin had given her to see golden thread stream from her very own shuttle20 Ruth acquired some sort of sick immoral pleasure from breastfeeding her son at a rather old age The fact that she described it with ideas from a fairy tale obviously indicates that she indulged in some fantasy that drove her to see it in such a magical point of view Another reference to fairy tales was given by Milkman himself when he refers to the story of the gold shared with
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