From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon


by Toni Morrison

Reba Dead

Character Analysis

Born to Pilate of a man on the island colony off the coast of Virginia, Reba is a lucky woman. She always wins things, such that people from far and wide come to her to ask for her help choosing lotto numbers. She has a tendency to give opulent gifts to her boyfriends, of which there are many, with the exception of her diamond ring. After winning this ring for being the 500,000th customer to walk through the Sears doors, Reba wears it around her neck. She only gives it up when Hagar, her only child, demands money for new clothes and new makeup. We don’t see Reba after Hagar’s death, and we wonder who will take care of her at the end of the novel when both Pilate and Milkman die and disappear.