Morrison names each character with a reason, using both intertextuality as well as symbolism. Characters such as First Corinthians and Magdalena names come from the bible and are used as further characterization. The two most important biblical character in the novel are Pilate and Hagar. Hagar’s biblical counterpart was a concubine from Genesis. This is a reference to the way she is treated by Milkman, used only for her sex she longs for his love. She is unaware of the meaning of her biblical name unlike Pilate. Pilates name was chosen by her illiterate father by choosing “a group of letters that seemed to him strong and handsome” (18). H...
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... it in her writing. We see her use it as a literary tool through the use of intertextuality in names such as Pilate and Hager to help conveying characters more fully. We also see Morrison appreciation of the power of names in how characters identify themselves and one another. Ultimately Song of Solomon is a story about finding one’s self. Morrison
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