Study Guide

Song of Solomon Characters

Macon Dead, Jr. (Milkman)

Milkman’s left leg is shorter than his right leg, he earned his nickname because his mother...

Pilate Dead

A non-bellybutton, a movement-loving mouth, a snuffbox earring, and a bag of human bones. Pilate...

Guitar Bains

Guitar has music in his name. He is the cussing rebel who has a vocabulary that would make the...

Hagar Dead

Hagar is Pilate’s granddaughter and Reba’s daughter, who has a pretty bed with pretty...

Macon Dead, Sr.

The dreaded Macon Dead is in love with keys, namely, the keys to all of the houses and apartment...

Ruth Dead

Married as a teenager, Ruth stops having sex when she’s in her early twenties, because her...

First Corinthians Dead

A Bryn Mawr graduate, Corinthians (Corrie) is the first in her family to go to college. As a...

Magdalene Dead

We don’t know too much about Magdalena (Lena), except that she is doomed to a life of...

Reba Dead

Born to Pilate of a man on the island colony off the coast of Virginia, Reba is a lucky woman....

Henry Porter

A member of the Seven Days, we are first introduced to Henry Porter as he is hanging out of his...

Freddie

Freddie is the town crier, the messenger, and the man who gives Milkman his official nickname....

Circe

Circe is the Danvillian midwife who has birthed hundreds of babies in the region, bringing them...

Omar

Omar is a Shalimar elder who first invites Milkman to go bobcat hunting with the other town...

Sweet

Sweet is the mystic lady of the night who lives in a cheery cabin in Shalimar. She takes Milkman...

Jake

Jake is Macon and Pilate’s father and Milkman’s grandfather who, for sixteen years,...

Solomon

Solomon is the father of 21 children and the husband to Ryna. He is the legend at the heart of...

Heddy

Heddy is Milkman’s great-grandmother and Sing’s mother. When Solomon tries to take...

Susan Byrd

Susan Byrd and Milkman are related through Heddy. She lives in a crumbling house in the Blue...

Grace Long

Grace Long is a watch thief and a terrible flirt. She is Susan Byrd’s friend who tells...

Reverend Cooper

Coop is the reverend in Danville, but he has to supplement his preaching income by working in the...

The Butler family

The Butlers are the greedy white family of farmers who live in a huge mansion just outside of...

The Seven Days

The Seven Days are a society of seven black men who, whenever a black man, woman, or child is...