Study Guide

Solomon in Song of Solomon

By Toni Morrison


Solomon is the father of 21 children and the husband to Ryna. He is the legend at the heart of novel, for he flew away to Africa, leaving his children behind. There is a rock in the Blue Ridge Mountains named for him: Solomon’s Leap, and this is the rock upon which Pilate dies, Solomon’s son, Jake, is buried, and from which Milkman jumps. Four generations of the family tree are united on this rock. Solomon is renowned by some for his ability to fly, and he is scoffed at by others for leaving a wife and a gigantic family behind.