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What is the significance of "flight" in Song of Solomon, and how does the meaning...
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In the epigraph, flight is spiritual. It is connected to the Negro Spirituals and Gospels that slaves used to sing. The belief in flight as an escape from slavery and as the path of the soul is explored.
In the beginning of the novel, flight is literal. Robert Smith jumps off the roof of Mercy Hospital. Of course, he does not actually fly, but it is a flight from reality, and from servitude. He commits suicide as an escape from the racism and prejudice he experiences. Pilate sings about it, connecting it to the Spirituals.
Flying can also mean abandoning your responsibilities. Robert Smith did, and great-grandfather Solomon did when he returned to Africa.
Pilate’s flight is not so literal. In her songs, she flies to another time and place where her people are free. She connects to a past that never was, freeing the present.
Posted by litteacher8 on March 30, 2012 at 12:08 PM (Answer #1)
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