Genre of “Song of Solomon?”


Oh, yes it comes under the genres of several categories including quest, folklore, mystery, adventure, magical realism, legend, coming of Age, mythology, and tragedy. For instance, Milkman sets out for his adventures by passing through caves and woods, encountering bobcats and witches along his way. Then we witness him an adult, come of age, converting from a selfish and sheltered young person into a more grounded and mature man. Then we see magic happening all the time in his world and things like ghosts, bellybuttonlessness and people flying without violating laws. This novel is also folklore and myth of Milkman’s great-grandfather, a slave left his family and moved to Africa. Finally, it is a mystery and quest of Milkman to find missing gold, but this quest converts into his search for personal identity.