Song_of_Solomon_Mind_Map - Mind Map

Song_of_Solomon_Mind_Map Mind Map
 
 
 
 

Song_of_Solomon_Mind_Map - Mind Map

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  • How Does Macon Jr's Approach to Change Differ From Milkman's and How Does This Affect Each Character's Individuality in "Song of Solomon"
    • Milkman's Childhood and Adolescence
      • How Does Macon Jr's Wealth Strip his son of his Childhood?
        • "Riding backward made him uneasy. It was like flying blind, and not knowing where he was going-just what where he had been-troubled him" (31).
          • Riding in the back of his father's car, Milkman is unable to see in front of him. Through the use of metaphor, it is evident that Macon Jr's wealth acts as a roadblock for Milkman as his father puts him in a mold in which he commands him to follow his path in order to secure the family's position within society.
      • How Does Macon Jr. Set the Stage for Milkman's Future?
        • "Milkman feared his father, respected him, but knew, because of his leg, that he could never emulate him" (63).
          • Milkman is intimidated by his father and what he has accomplished. Macon Jr. Has made a name and a life for himself and brought the family along for the ride. He insists that Milkman continue in his path so that Milkman doesn't deviate from Macon Jr's preconceived notion of success.
      • What is Milkman's Relationship with his Father based upon?
        • "He couldn't help sharing with Macon his love of good shoes and fine thin socks. And he did try, as his father's employee, to do the work the way Macon wanted it done" (63).
          • As long as Milkman works for his father, the only comparison Milkman is able to draw between him and his father is related to material possessions or wealth. Therefore, in order to break free from the cage Macon Jr has put him in, Milkman must be able to provide for himself so that he can make a name for himself and not just be known as "Macon Dead's boy" (57).
    • Milkman's Adulthood
      • How Does Milkman View Working with his Father?
        • "Milkman was young and he was friendly-just the opposite of his father- and the tenants felt at ease enough with him to tease him, feed him, confide in him" (56).
          • People view Milkman as a ray of hope, as he was able to be born as the outcome of a tragic event. His ability to communicate with people in a more humanly manner allows him to act as a hero in the novel, as his character leads to his salvation.
      • How is Milkman Affected by his Relationship with Hagar?
        • "Milkman had stretched out his carefree boyhood for thirty-one years. Hagar was thirty-six-and nervous. She placed duty squarely in the middle of their relationship; he tried to think of a way out" (98).
          • Milkman's passion for Hagar has completely diminished because at this point in the novel, he isn't able to understand how to feel grateful for the connection between him and Hagar. He had solely used her for his own pleasure and has to now move on to satisfy his needs at the price of Hagar's happiness.
    • Milkman's Journey
      • Why Does the Focus of Milkman's Journey Change in Shalimar?
        • "His self-the cocoon that was 'personality'-gave way... So the thoughts came, unobstructed by other people, by things, even by the sight of himself. There was nothing here to help him-not his money, his car, his father's reputation, his suit, or his shoes" (277).
          • When Milkman is stripped of everything that had originally made up his persona at the end of the novel, he isn't defined by what his father had done, but rather, the life he had pioneered for himself by deviating from his father's propriety in order to establish himself as an individual. When compared to his father, who is just a hollow shell of a money-hungry, social-climbing man, Milkman has lived a much more robust life because he decided to not stop climbing to better himself, and is eventually able to take flight.By using what he learns about his past, Milkman is able to navigate his future much more proficiently than his father. [Image:Tourists, Madrid. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/139_1969707/1/139_1969707/cite. Accessed 3 Nov 2017.]
      • Why is Milkman's Connection with Pilate Significant?
        • "How could he have broken into that house-the only one he knew that achieved comfort without one article of comfort in it....But peace was there, energy, singing, and now his own remembrances" (301).
          • At the end of the novel, Milkman is able to understand that Pilate was the closest thing to a family that he would ever encounter. He confided in her for support which his own family could not provide. Her entire persona acted as a rock for him to lean on in times of trouble and misunderstanding; it is through Pilate that he is able to find himself because she is the only one who supported his journey to discover who he really is and where he came from because his parents denied him of such an opportunity by maintaining their rigid control over his future.
      • How is "Flying" Important to Milkman's Individual Character?
        • "Without wiping away the tears, taking a deep breath, or even bending his knees-he leaped" (337).
          • Flight is important to Milkman's individuality at the end of the novel because it symbolizes how he is able to overcome the struggle and monotony of his adolescence to find out who he truly is. His journey changes his cognitive model completely, as he is able to change his motives in life after truly learning about his family and using his past to better his future, instead of holding onto the past like his father.
    • Macon Jr's Future
      • What Does Macon Jr's Future Look Like?
        • "As the son of Macon Dead the first, he paid homage to his own father's life and death by loving what that father had loved: property, good solid property, the bountifulness of life. He loved these thing in excess because he loved his father in excess" (300)
          • Macon Jr's distorted idea of success comes from his past and what his father meant to him. He has idolized wealth and success his entire life because that meant getting away from the horrific experiences of his childhood. Therefore, his entire life has been based upon this ideal life which has consumed his entire individuality. He refuses to associate with people of a lower class, including his sister, which ultimately leads to him being unable to fly in the way his son is able to.
      • How Will his Severed Relationship With Pilate Affect his Individual Success?
        • "No reconciliation took place between Pilate and Macon(although he seemed pleased to know that they were going to bury their father in Virginia), and relations between Ruth and Macon were the same as they would always be" (335).
          • Macon Jr. Is unable to move past his previous experiences that have made up his persona and individuality. He can't understand how to look outside of himself to see the damage he has done. Unlike his son, Macon Jr. Is unable to learn from his past to move forward in the future and, quite literally, fly.
    • Macon Jr's Adulthood
      • How Does Macon Jr's Wealth and Success Affect Milkman?
        • "Macon was delighted. His son belonged to him now and not Ruth, and he was relieved at not having to walk all over town like a peddler collecting rents" (63).
          • Macon Jr. uses his wealth to try to convince his heir that material wealth is what defines personal success. Macon Jr. encourages his son to continue on the path that he has already paved for him. He begins to depend on his son because he has completely succumbed to his pursuit for what he believes is success.
      • How Does Macon Jr's Past Relationship with his Father Impact his Relationship Between Himself and his own son?
        • "He loved his father; had an intimate relationship with him; that his father loved him, trusted him, and found him worthy of working 'right alongside' him. 'Something went wild in me,' he'd said, 'when I saw him on the ground'" (234).
          • Throughout the journey of his adolescence, Macon Jr. develops a notion of what success means in the context of his life. He then pressures his own son to comply to his set of standards that are based upon the relationship Macon Jr. had with his father when he was a child. He has defined what it means to be a man in the Dead family and expects Milkman to live up to his expectations for the sake of the family's financial success and prosperity. [Image: African American father and son play chess. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/139_1941938/1/139_1941938/cite. Accessed 3 Nov 2017.]
    • Macon Jr's Childhood and Adolescence
      • How Does Macon Jr. Feel About Pilate and how has This Been Impacted by Their Childhood?
        • "That woman's no good. She's a snake, and can charm you like a snake, but still a snake" (54).
          • Macon Jr believes that Pilate took the gold from their father in the cave when they were children. After the two parted awhile after the cave, Macon Jr never feels the same about his sister, who he believes has been deceiving him the entire time. He therefore severs ties with her, which makes him unable to better himself as an individual because he cannot move past the conceit and hatred he feels towards her.
      • How does Macon Jr's Humble Beginning Influence his Life Years to Come?
        • "Life, safety, and luxury fanned out before him like the tail spread of a peacock, and he stood trying to distinguish each delicious color, he saw the dusty boots of his father standing just on the other side of the shallow pit" (170).
          • When Macon Jr. And Pilate are in the cave, their discovery of the gold is significant to Macon Jr especially because he begins to pursue a life in which he only cares about money and material possessions. His wealth becomes a part of his identity and the two can no longer be separated within his persona. Moving forward, the relationships he establishes are solely based upon his value of material wealth in measuring his own success.
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