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Race and the Civil War Morrison's novel won't make much sense unless there's some historical grounding. The Civil War and its division between the North and the South are particularly important to Milkman's journey toward genealogical and self-discovery.
The Bluest Eye Check out Shmoop's take on Morrison's debut novel. The Bluest Eye lays the foundation for some of the major thematic concerns that Morrison continues to address throughout her career. Incest, racism, violence, and family ties (some of them quite dysfunctional) take center stage here, providing plenty of opportunities for comparison to Song of Solomon.