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Themes

Homes symbolize status in the world of Song of Solomon and also indicate how a person copes, feels, and identifies materialistically with the world around him. We are presented with a spectrum of homes, from huge mansions, to two-room shacks, to improbably manicured dwellings carved out of wilderness, to cozy one-room cottages of mythical comfort. The larger and more affluent the home, the more diseased it becomes.

Questions About The Home

  1. Who has the comfiest home?
  2. How many homes do we encounter in Song?
  3. Where does Milkman find home?

Chew on This

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

In Song of Solomon, homes are both womblike and tomblike.

Homes are agents of confinement throughout this novel.

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