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The novel Song of Solomon has several recurring themesincluding that of sexuality Morrison effectivelydemonstrates these sexual themes relating to both sexesUnlike in her other novels both the men and women aresearching for love for valid sexual encounters and aboveall for a sense that they are worthyBakerman 318 WhileSong of Solomon gives men a more prominent place Morrisonalso shows the desires of women to break away fromestablished society and to create an individualistic lifePilate is one of the most apparent characters in herjourney to explore her sexuality and womanhood She isportrayed by Morrison as a strong and a somewhat rebelliouswoman She establishes something extraordinary during thattime economic independence In the process she rejects thetraditional image of woman by cutting off her hairandwearing clothes functional to her way of lifeMickelson316 Even though this is all true Morrison never lets usforget that Pilate is a woman planted in the reality ofblack society Ruth also yearns to escape the shackles thathold her down as a married woman In the opening scenes ofthe novel Ruth shows us her trivial concerns dealing with astain on the table Ruth talked endlessly to herdaughters and her guests about how to get rid of it - whatmight hide this single flaw on the splendid woodShe hadtried them all Morrison 11 As insignificant as theywere these were Ruths concerns Yet the stain has a deepermeaning symbolizing the scar that Ruth has but ferventlyattempts to cover up from her married life We learn thatHer husband never loved her and they havent been intimatein years When Ruth was naked and lying there as moist andcrumbly as unbleached sugar he bent to unlace her shoesThat was the final delight for once he had undressed herfeet had peeled her stockings down over her ankles andtoes he entered her and ejaculated quickly She liked itthat way So did he And in almost twenty years during whichhe had not laid eyes on her naked feet he missed only theunderwear Morrison
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