The Essence Of Flight
In Toni Morrison?s, Song of Solomon, the image of flying is used wonderfully to uplift this novel. This metaphor is used to represent freedom, mythology, and the recreation of one?s life.
The essence of flight is part of a myth that grows and develops as people grow and develop; it is an attitude and spirit as a pervasive way of thought For the young children in Shalimar, the “Song of Solomon” game characterizes flight as simple nonsense, with “a boy in the middle, his arms outstretched, turning around like an airplane, while the others sang some meaningless rhyme”. But with maturity comes a broader understanding of flight, as Milkman came to know a different image of flying. “In Solomons store… he still felt the sense of lightness and power that flying had given him.” At Sweets house, Milkman felt the exuberance of flying in a dream, but the dream gave way to reality when put face to face with a seemingly certain death. Milkman took flight “without wiping away the tears, taking a deep breath, or even bending his knees, he leaped”. Learning to fly was the essence of flight itself. Milkman always admired the things
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