Song Of Solomon Essay

766 words - 3 pages


The novel Song of Solomon has several recurring themes,

including that of sexuality. Morrison effectively

demonstrates these sexual themes relating to both sexes.

Unlike in her other novels, both the men and women are

“searching for love, for valid sexual encounters, and above

all, for a sense that they are worthy.”(Bakerman 318) While

Song of Solomon gives men a more prominent place, Morrison

also shows the desires of women to break away from

established society and to create an individualistic life.

     Pilate is one of the most apparent characters in her

journey to explore her sexuality and womanhood. She is

portrayed by Morrison as a strong and a somewhat rebellious

woman. She establishes something extraordinary during that

time, economic independence. In the process “she rejects the

traditional image of woman by cutting off her hair...and

wearing clothes functional to her way of life.”(Mickelson

316) Even though this is all true, Morrison never lets us

forget that Pilate is a woman planted in the reality of

black society. Ruth also yearns to escape the shackles that

hold her down as a married woman. In the opening scenes of

the novel, Ruth shows us her trivial concerns dealing with a

stain on the table. Ruth “... talked endlessly to her

daughters and her guests about how to get rid of it - what

might hide this single flaw on the splendid wood...She had

tried them all.” (Morrison 11) As insignificant as they

were, these were Ruth’s concerns. Yet the stain has a deeper

meaning symbolizing the scar that Ruth has, but fervently

attempts to cover up, from her married life. We learn that

Her husband never loved her and they haven’t been intimate

in years. “When Ruth was naked and lying there as moist and

crumbly as unbleached sugar, he bent to unlace her shoes.

That was the final delight, for once he had undressed her

feet, had peeled her stockings down over her ankles and

toes, he entered her and ejaculated quickly. She liked it

that way. So did he. And in almost twenty years during which

he had not laid eyes on her naked feet, he missed only the

underwear.” (Morrison 16) As she dealt with the rejection of

her husband, Ruth searched for sexual satisfaction

elsewhere, eventually turning to her son, Milkman. “He was

too young to be dazzled by her nipples, but he was old

enough to be bored by the flat taste of mother’s milk, so he

came reluctantly, as to a chore, and lay as he had at least

once each day of his life in his mother’s arms, and tried to

pull the thin, faintly...

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