In Song of Solomon Morrison gave many of her characters and the title of her novel biblical names. As I read I'm trying to see if the characters will act as the characters in the Bible acted. In the Bible Pilate presided over Jesus's trial and sentanced him to be crucified. In Song of Solomon Pilate is not described as evil and has not judged anyone. Do you think Pilate is going to act as the Pilate in the Bible did?
Hagar also has a biblical name and seems to be acting according to her namesake. In the Bible Hagar was used and forgotten as the Hagar in Song of Solomon seems to have been used by Milkman and forgotten. In Song of Solomon Milkman doesn't seem to be emotionally attached to Hagar and seems to be on the way to discarding her. The women in Song of Solomon don't seem to be playing a very important role. Milkman's mother Ruth and his sisters, Lena and Corinthians, haven't really done anything for themselves. Although Corinthians has obtained a college education she does not choose to get a job but chooses to continue to make velvet flowers to sell. The women in Song of Solomon have all played a submissive role with the exception of Pilate. What do you think Morrison is trying to say about women?