Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon Essay Questions

  1. 1

    Discuss the importance of names in reference to family history in Song of Solomon

  2. 2

    Discuss the symbolic meaning of character names. Choose a minimum of two characters and research the meaning behind their names (e.g. Pilate, Hagar and/or Circe).

  3. 3

    Analyze the possibility of flight in terms of pros and cons. How are escape and abandonment interrelated?

  4. 4

    What does the color white signify in Song of Solomon? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

  5. 5

    How does poverty affect Guitar's outlook on life? Could poverty have influenced his views on racial discrimination?

  6. 6

    In Song of Solomon, do women face a double standard? Why or why not?

  7. 7

    Research the Black Arts Movement. What key points from the Movement surface in this particular novel?

  8. 8

    Why and how does Macon Dead II belive money is freedom?

  9. 9

    Analyze the narrator's point of view. Are the narrator's views biased/unbiased?

  10. 10

    Toni Morrison is renowned for her use of magical realism. Discuss the magical realism genre, then analyze how Morrison uses elements of this style.

  11. 11

    Interpret the ending. Does Milkman survive Guitar's assassination attempt? How does he "ride the wind"?