Study Guide

Song of Solomon Love

By Toni Morrison


Love is talked about tirelessly throughout Song of Solomon, and the lack of it repeatedly drives women insane with loss. It is often confused for possession and ownership. Many are deprived of it, others kill in the name of it, and still others don’t even know they have it. The Christ-figure’s (Pilate's) last words are about love and her desire to have known more people in order to have loved more people.

Questions About Love

  1. What version of love do you find most appealing or real in this novel?
  2. Does Guitar really kill out of love?
  3. What do Pilate’s last words about love mean?

Chew on This

There is an absence of love in Song of Solomon.

Love is confused for ownership in Song of Solomon.