One of the ideas that goes along with Milkman is the idea that he is facing and moving in the opposite direction from everyone else. Milkman walks the opposite way of everyone on the street after he hits his father. Later in the story, when Milkman is arguing with Guitar, Guitar snaps back at Milkman with the line: "looks like everybody's going in the wrong direction but you, doesnt it?" (106) I am still confused to the meaning of this idea. It could show that Milkman has a different view than everyone else in life. That he holds more or a existentialism view on the world than the rest of his community. While his dad focuses on moving himself up in economic and social society and guitar focuses on getting even for the black race, Milkman seems to hold no purpose in life. He seems to see nothing worth dying or living for.
This idea goes together with another quote about Milkman looking the opposite way when he turns around to look at his sister: "It was becoming a habit-this concentration on things behind him. Almost as though there were no future to be had."(35) Even from an early age of five, Milkman has a bleak outlook on life. He never really seems to become heated about anything, or care intensely for anything. He like Meursault, is doing whatever he wants when he wants. He also lacks any real connections to his family. But, I am still confused on the whole meaning of Milkman moving in the opposite direction. There seems to be some complexity or resolution that has not been revealed in the text that is essential to this idea. What do you thing?