What is the significance of "flight" in Song of Solomon, and how does the meaning change from the beginning to the end of the novel? Compare the meaning of flight from the beginning and the end of the novel.
This is actually a complex question, one based in Morrison's aesthetic concept for this novel, which came to be after the death of her father (inspiring her to pursue a male protagonist), who, according to her candid declarations in the Forward of Song of Solomon, became her Muse for the novel: "I had no access to what I planned to write about until my father died." She ends her Forward with the words, "[W]ithout ever leaving the ground [Pilate] could fly. My father laughed." The book Epigraph is a tribute to Morrison's father as well as a premise for the story, and reads:
The fathers may soar
And the children may know their names
Starting with the source of Morrison's inspiration, her dead father, it is correct to say that first and foremost, the significance of "flight" in the novel is release from earth-boundedness into the freedom of a transition or a transference to ethereal otherness (to spiritual existence but in nontraditional forms). It is to be noted that in her introspective...
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