Study Guide

Song of Solomon Memory and the Past

By Toni Morrison

Memory and the Past

We hear the characters of Song of Solomon constantly retell the same story, adding new detail and specifics with each recollection. In this way, we see the power the storyteller holds in choosing what details to include and in deciding how to present these details.

Questions About Memory and the Past

  1. What memories exist in this novel and how do they differ from one another?
  2. How do Pilate and Macon’s memories of their childhood differ? What elements of their memories are similar?
  3. Is it good to have memories?
  4. What examples of collective memory do we have in this novel?

Chew on This

Memories are crucial to identity in this novel.

Remembering is a creative process in Song of Solomon.