Escape Towards Death


As the cliched statement says, "Nobody's perfect." Everyone's life has some difficulties, with which one may arrive at a variety of resolutions.
For instance, if one has lost a love to something other than death, he may simply discuss it with his friends; if someone is troubled by family
memories, that person may receive counselling or other forms of psychological therapy; and if one is dissatisfied with his life, then he may spend
money on making improvements or a vacation. The story Song of Solomon describes characters with these travails, but they offer strange
solutions-a variety of deaths. All descendants of a man, Solomon, with a famous legend of flying away from his wife and ...

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person from her birth, Hagar never knew the problems of racism and poverty as other people in her small, midwestern

town knew and felt. Hagar's life was completely devoted to Milkman, her cousin and lover. "He is my home in this world." (pg. 137) Her

happiness, Milkman, would ultimately be her depression as "Ecclesiasties" finally turned her success into failure, though Hagar exaggerated the

loss and apparently was not aware of the Biblical promise that her life would eventually regain confidence and prosperity. After Milkman no

longer loved her, Hagar suddenly became a different p erson, "into a bright blue place where the air was thin and it was silent all the time, and

where people spoke in whispers or did not make sounds at all, and where everything was frozen except for an occasional burst of fire in her

chest." (pg.. 99) Hagar , instead of finding something new to occupy her life, was only "totally taken over by her anaconda love,...no self left, no

fears, no wants." ...

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Pilate had

also sang the song with her daughter Reba and granddaughter Hagar (pg. 49). Memories of her father were also frequent with Pilate; according

to her brother, Macon, they stemmed from the time when, in the cave running away from the city where their father died, they had seen the spirit

of their father, "As if in answer to her reco gnition, he took a deep breath, rolled his eyes back, and whispered, 'Sing. Sing.' in a hollowed voice

before he melted away again." (pg. 170) Pilate, oddly, also had human bones, from that same cave, hanging from a wall in her home, which she

stated was there because of a constant stream of haunting advice from her father’s ghost: "He kept ...

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