Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Answer to Question 1
Whites do not play a very direct role in Song of Solomon. I would say that the point of white influence is not shown through characters or specific encounters. White influence is throughout the book in the way that the black community acts. For instance, it is white influence that drives Guitar to kill white people. There are not specific white people that are characters in the novel that kill blacks. The narrator simply tells the reader that it has been done. Another example of white influence is Macon Dead's obsession for power and money. As Macon acquires more wealth he seperates himself from his black neighbors. It seems to me that he is trying to be more and more like the stereotypical white man.