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Volume 2 Issue 12

December 2016

Excavation of Nativity in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon
Ms. S. Lavanya, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Bharathidasan University Constituent College for Women, 
Orathanadu, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. N. Gejeswari, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Bharathidasan University Constituent College for Women, 
Orathanadu, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Toni Morrison in her novel Song of Solomon depicts Milkman Dead’s search for his roots through his journey from the North to the South where his father and his aunt hid a sack of gold. Milkman is a materialistic self- seeking man for whom money and wealth is important and he never understands the feelings of others especially women as well other men of his community. In the process of excavating the nativity Milkman attains spiritual growth from the stagnant life by assimilating western culture and running after the prosperous materialistic life. After coming into contact with his aunt Pilate, who becomes the spiritual mentor of Milkman, he completely changes and becomes conscious of his identity. She guides him in all way and under her tutelage he begins to realize that money does not ensure happiness and he is able to see women as his equals and tries to understand the reciprocal nature of human relationships.
Keywords
Nativity; Toni Morrison; Song of Solomon.
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