While flight is clearly the most important symbol in Song of Solomon – the most recurrent, the most evocative, the most clearly related to the protagonists’ character arc – gold is nearly as important.
Pilate’s Missing Navel Symbol Timeline in Song of Solomon
The timeline below shows where the symbol Pilate’s Missing Navel appears in Song of Solomon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1
...house, where she and her daughter survive without electricity. He remembers that she has no navel, a peculiarity that convinces others that she wasn’t born normally. Macon remembers watching Pilate’s birth:... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 10
...married Reba’s father; Milkman says no. She remembers Pilate’s shame at her lack of a navel, mentions that Pilate lived in a Virginia town called Charlemagne after her father died, and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 12
...mentioned is the same Sing who married his grandfather. Since Pilate really didn’t have a navel, he thinks, anything is possible. He remembers that he left his watch behind, but can’t... (full context)