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Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon


by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon Theme of Memory and the Past

We hear the characters of Song of Solomon constantly retell the same story, adding new detail and specifics with each recollection. In this way, we see the power the storyteller holds in choosing what details to include and in deciding how to present these details.

Questions About Memory and the Past

  1. What memories exist in this novel and how do they differ from one another?
  2. How do Pilate and Macon’s memories of their childhood differ? What elements of their memories are similar?
  3. Is it good to have memories?
  4. What examples of collective memory do we have in this novel?

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

Memories are crucial to identity in this novel.

Remembering is a creative process in Song of Solomon.

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