Study Guide

Song of Solomon The Supernatural

By Toni Morrison

The Supernatural

The question of what is natural and what is unnatural is one that threads its way throughout Song. Therefore, the idea of the supernatural is extremely important, pointing to higher powers and greater beings. We are constantly presented with ghosts, magic, and seeming impossibilities.

Questions About The Supernatural

  1. Why doesn’t Milkman believe in ghosts?
  2. What do ghosts do and say in this novel?
  3. What does it mean to be "supernatural"?
  4. Is Pilate supernatural?

Chew on This

Pilate’s lack of a belly button makes her a marginal being.

Ghosts are peaceful in Song of Solomon.