Song of Solomon

Milkman’s great-grandfather, whose near-mythical history, in which he supposedly flew back to Africa, brings great joy to Milkman when he learns of it — and of Solomon, whom he never knew or even knew of. Solomon had a huge number of children, including Milkman’s grandfather, and in many parts of the country there are towns and people named after him, and songs sung about him.

Solomon Quotes in Song of Solomon

The Song of Solomon quotes below are all either spoken by Solomon or refer to Solomon. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Song of Solomon published in 2004.
Part 2, Chapter 15 Quotes

“Yeah. That tribe. That flyin motherfuckin tribe. Oh, man! He didn’t need no airplane. He just took off; got fed up. All the way up! No more cotton! No more bales! No more orders! No more shit! He flew, baby. Lifted his beautiful black ass up in the sky and flew on home. Can you dig it? Jesus God, that must have been something to see. And you know what else? He tried to take his baby boy with him. My grandfather. Wow! Woooee! Guitar! You hear that? Guitar, my great-granddaddy could flyyyyyy and the whole damn town is named after him. Tell him, Sweet. Tell him my great- granddaddy could fly.”

Related Characters: Milkman (speaker), Guitar Bains, Solomon
Related Symbols: Flight
Page Number: 328
Explanation and Analysis:

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Milkman stopped waving and narrowed his eyes. He could just make out Guitar’s head and shoulders in the dark. “You want my life?” Milkman was not shouting now. “You need it? Here.” Without wiping away the tears, taking a deep breath, or even bending his knees—he leaped. As fleet and bright as a lodestar he wheeled toward Guitar and it did not matter which one of them would give up his ghost in the killing arms of his brother. For now he knew what Shalimar knew: If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.

Related Characters: Milkman (speaker), Guitar Bains, Solomon
Related Symbols: Flight
Page Number: 337
Explanation and Analysis:

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Solomon Character Timeline in Song of Solomon

The timeline below shows where the character Solomon appears in Song of Solomon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 14
Racism Theme Icon
Memory and Storytelling Theme Icon
Masculinity and Femininity Theme Icon
...African children,” and she mentions the folktale of the slaves who fly back to Africa. Solomon, also known as Shalimar, was a man who was rumored to have successfully flown back... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 15
The Power of Names Theme Icon
Memory and Storytelling Theme Icon
Milkman tells Sweet that his great grandfather, Solomon, could fly. He can’t wait to tell everyone what he’s learned: Pilate, his father, and... (full context)
The Power of Names Theme Icon
Racism Theme Icon
Memory and Storytelling Theme Icon
...talking about the dead body in the cave; he was talking about his own father, Solomon, who flew back to Africa, trying to take Jake with him but ultimately leaving him... (full context)