Journeys In Toni Morrison's Song Of Solomon

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One of the most interesting aspects of Toni Morrison’s novel Song of Solomon is the way in which geographical and historical journeys are intertwined. Through presenting the geography within the novel as a manifestation of past and present we are able to observe characters journeys (or lack of) across America and into their personal history. On a wider scale this is shown through the division of the Northern and Southern states in America where the novel is set. This is displayed in the text through the use of differing socioeconomic climates inherent to each part to represent them as two different time periods. Morrison appoints the present to the wealthier, materialist and supposedly socially progressive North contrasting to the socially…show more content…
The town mirrors the northen/southern divide of the states in the novel on a smaller geographic scale by placing the predominantly black neighbourhood of ‘Blood Bank’ in the Southside of the town. The Dead family however live on ‘Not Doctor Street’ (p.4), in a house deliberately bought by Ruth’s father, the first black doctor in the area, to be as far away from the Blood Bank as possible in an effort to efface his black skin colour, a visual reminder of his history and heritage. The Doctors desire to remove himself from his past is then sustained by Macon Dead after he married Ruth in an attempt to obtain their property, expanding his own material wealth. Throughout the novel it becomes clear that ‘owning, building [and] aquiring’ (p.300) is what drives Macon, attributes that combined with a desire for status is held as white aspiration. This therefore underscores the idea that the Dead’s geographic isolation from the Blood Bank removes them from their past. Contrastingly, Macons sister Pilate who lives in the Southside of the town close to the Blood Bank, both her location and her house, with ‘no curtains or shades, at the windows that were all around the room’ (p.40) embodies her openness and readiness to embrace and emerce herself in her culture and past.. Through the differing geographic locations of the family and their relatives,

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