I find the final passage of Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon to be a bit confusing.

As fleet and bright as a lodestar, he wheeled towards Guitar and it did not matter which one of them would give up his ghost in the killing arms of his brother. For now he knew what Shalimar knew: If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.

I've thought about it, but I'm not quite sure why it's important to "surrender to the air"? How does that lead to the ability to "ride" the air? Any insight into the meaning of "If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it" would be appreciated.

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    Why so many DVs ?? Dec 21 '17 at 18:45
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    @MetroBoomin I genuinely find it surprising. I tend to post scope-challenging questions, but when I posted this I honestly thought it would be uncontroversial. (I'm not really sure what to think of the fact that this question has more downvotes than literature.stackexchange.com/questions/5134/…)
    – user111
    Dec 21 '17 at 19:51
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    I'm a little baffled by the downvotes, too - it seems like a decent question to me. I wish downvoters would explain, especially since we're still trying to establish ourselves as a site and come to a consensus on things like question quality standards and site scope. Dec 24 '17 at 16:17
  • @EJoshuaS I recommend making a meta post about it. I would do it but I'm busy.
    – user111
    Dec 25 '17 at 23:06

Throughout the book, Solomon loses things. They start small and grow larger. He learns that he can “fly,” but it’s going to cost him. Everything. It symbolizes his losing all the things of this world that weigh him down so that he is light as a feather and can truly be free.

  • This seems like the start of a good interpretation, but can you provide a bit more detail? What things does Solomon lose? How does he learn that he can fly? How is it going to cost him? Can you quote passages from the text supporting this interpretation? Aug 7 '19 at 5:52

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