Investigating the Motif of Love in Song of Solomon

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If it is allowed by the innocent soul, love can change its victim’s lives drastically. It can start by appealing to its prey in a certain aspect or characteristic, luring him or her in closer. Time is then spent together between the parasite and its host. Soon the host cannot remember life without them, creating fear in the victim. In the Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison illustrates a taste of the victimizing love placed upon many through the reoccurring motif of love and death, accommodated by afflicting diction, leading to pain. On the first page of the book, Morrison has the readers meet the first character through a suicide note, followed by thoughts only by other characters. Mr. Smith, a insurance collector, was not a main character in the Song of Solomon, but taking into account that this was the first thing the readers are given information about, it is extremely important because it gives them their initial thoughts about the book. Mr. Smith was not a respected man, people thought of him as a “nutwagon” and “they kidded him, abused him” when he came to their houses to collect money (Morrison 8). This was an awful situation and job to have, the citizens played Mr. Smith and he never fully got what he went there for. The words “kidded” and “abused” leaves the reader with a negative opinion and feeling towards the people in this book at this point. Even through all this pain the customers caused him, Mr. Smith “smiled through it all” (Morrison 8). This shows the reader that Mr. Smith really did love them all, corresponding directly to his suicide note talking about how “[he] loved [them] all” (Morrison 3). After receiving this information, the reader is dazzled, how could he love these people who called him a “nutwagon”? Mr. Smith was underappreciated and treated poorly, but the most heart wrecking part of it, was that through the whole “abuse[ment]” he still

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