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The idea of complete independence and indifference to the surrounding world symbolized by flying stands as a prominent concept throughout Toni Morrisons emphatic novel Song of Solomon However the main character Milkman feels that this freedom lies beyond his reach he cannot escape the demands of his family and feel fulfilled at the same time As Milkmans best friend Guitar says through the novel Everybody wants a black mans life a statement Milkman easily relates to while seeking escape from his sheltered life at home Although none of the characters in the story successfully take control of Milkmans life and future many make aggressive attempts to do so including his best friend Guitar who ironically sympathizes with Milkmans situation his frustrated cousin Hagar and most markedly his father Macon Dead Guitar Bains Milkmans best friend since childhood serves as Milkmans only outlet to life outside his secluded and reserved family Guitar introduces Milkman to Pilate Reba and Hagar as well as to normal townspeople such as those that meet in the barber shop and the weekend party-goers Milkman and Guitar fraternize with regularly However despite their close friendship the opportunity to gain a large amount of gold severs all their friendly ties Guitar suspecting Milkman took all the gold for himself allows his greed and anger to dictate his actions and sets out on a manhunt ready to take Milkman down wherever and whenever he could in order to retrieve the hoarded riches Guitars first few sniper attempts to execute Milkman did fail however the ending of the novel leaves the reader with the imminent death of either Milkman or Guitar Ironic that the reader never discovers whether Guitar who coined the statement Everybody wants the life of a black man 222 ever gets the life of Milkman Even though the reader does not learn whether anyone ever does get Milkmans life rest assured that despite her efforts Hagar did not At
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