We see our protagonist fight against the wilds of Virginia, unaccustomed to the problems it presents him. By contrast we see those people born in this wilderness navigate it effortlessly. The natural world in Song of Solomon represents a pastoral paradise, untainted by materialism and by corruption. At the same time, slavery and racism are present even in these rural pockets of society.
Milkman’s trek through nature reflects the trek through his internal self.
In Song, we see how nature forces a man to shed unnecessary materials and to use only his body and mind.