Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison
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Song of Solomon Theme of Exploration

Song of Solomon's protagonist literally embarks upon a journey of exploration, the initial goal being the discovery of gold. But this quest eventually morphs into an exploration of identity, family, and name. We watch our protagonist struggle to reach both goals, realizing that shortcuts and haste only set him back further from his goals. The desire for self-knowledge is imbued in each character to some extent.

Questions About Exploration

  1. Who goes exploring in this novel?
  2. Why do people explore?
  3. What is the opposite of exploration?
  4. What does exploration involve?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

As Milkman explores Danville and Shalimar, he explores himself.

Exploration in Song of Solomon involves darkness and the inability to see.

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