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The book called Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison deals with many real life issues most of which are illustrated by the relationships between different family members One archetypal relationship that Morrison includes in her book is the fatherson relationship Although it is obvious that Morrison does talk about this topic it is not so obvious what she is trying to say about it So one might ask how does the author establish the fatherson relationships throughout Song of Solomon and do they fit some sort of archetypeTo answer a question such as this it would be beneficial to examine the actual fatherson relationships throughout the book One established fatherson relationships that is significant to this issue is the one between Milkman and Macon From the start Macon objected to Milkman even being born he forced Ruth to do things to her body that could possibly kill the fetus With a little help from Pilate however Milkman was allowed into the world Macon perhaps instigated by never having a mother and seeing his own father killed has always appeared to be a cold and unforgiving parent even to his other children besides Milkman but since Macon heard that his sons nickname was Milkman he has seen him as a symbol of his disgust for his wife and lost a lot of respect for his son and became even colder towards him The only time Macon did spend time with Milkman he spent it boasting about his own great upbringing warning him to stay away from Pilate and telling him about the embarrassing actions of Ruth This is the manner in which Morrison establishes the relationship between Macon and Milkman in the first part of the bookAs Milkman grows up he recognizes the emotional distance between his father and himself He goes his own way with a few skirmishes here and there and later he even manages to hit his own father As Macon and Milkman
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