In Song of Solomon, how does Pilate change Milkman?  

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Pilate became essential to Milkman’s life even before it began. As a magically gifted healer, she provided the powder that helped Ruth conceive him and then get through pregnancy. As a spiritual influence, when she later gets to know her nephew, she helps him understand the meaning of self-sufficiency, which she represents by having been responsible for her own birth after her mother’s death. For the young man Macon III, this means growth into adulthood, as contrasted to the extended childhood his own mother had imposed. Although Pilate is connected with the past, she also enables passage into the future: she represents continuity with family and with African heritage, which Macon II had cast aside in his embrace of capitalist, nonspiritual, greed. As a strong, but independent female character, she helps Macon III see beyond the damaging patriarchal attitudes that his father exemplified by doming his wife and daughters.

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Milkman's father, Macon Dead, is interested in owning...

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