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“Doing the right thing takes courage and strength.” (Blair Waldorf). Some people have struggles growing up and cannot express who they truly are because they always tried to hide under someone’s shadow. Throughout the first half of the novel Milkman is the incarnation of an immature young man drifting aimlessly through life. He also inherited some qualities from his father; they both had strong materialistic values, arrogance, his sexist, and aggressive attitude towards women. In Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison uses minor characters in the novel as form of guidance counselor for Milkman’s development. To begin, Morrison introduces Milkman as a character that is afraid, insecure or believes of himself as inadequate through the first chapters of the novel. Macon is once again restating how he feels about Pilate, he thinks she has no benefits for Milkman. For instance, Macon state’s, “…Own things. And let the things you own own other things. Then you’ll own yourself and other people too” (Morrison, 55). This shows that Macon’s love for material possessions was established through watching his father die trying to defend his property. The consequence of this was that Macon has declined any type of affection from humanity, instead he decides to have a strong connection to money and power. This shows that Milkman, which inherited a lack of concern with the human spirit of his father,  he is going to self-destruct because he shows some signs of self doubt and being scared to speak up for himself. Moreover, the narrator was describing some of Milkman’s important moments in his life in which his father was the bad guy. For example, it says, “And Milkman did try, as his father’s employee, to do the work the way Macon wanted it done. Macon was delighted. His son belonged to him now and not Ruth” (Morrison, 63). Milkman’s low confidence and self esteem led to him doing things he wasn’t so happy but he had to do our right because of his dad. Macon had a lot of expectations and Milkman didn’t wanted to disappoint him so, he did everything correctly. Also, this shows that Milkman was trying to be less like his father because he was doing the opposite of what he’s father might have done; doing the right thing. To sum up, Milkman insecurities made him do things that might seem right in the eyes of some people, but dangerous in the eyes of others. Secondly, Toni Morrison makes Milkman followed Guitar Around as some form of shadow to show that MM can’t do things for himself. Milkman and Guitar visit a barber shop run by Railroad Tommy and Hospital Tommy and decided to listen to the older men discussing the racial inequality popularity during the 1940s in America. When Milkman “slid his hands into his back pockets… he hoped the soldiers had seen in his eyes” (Morrison, 58). This shows that Milkman was trying to stay behind and laying low so, he didn’t have to deal with the situation. Morrison is trying to convey to us that MM doesn’t believe in himself because he is not speaking up in a situation that he feels some type of way because Guitar can handle it himself. while he imagines himself to be as much a part of the Southside community as Guitar is, he is unable to communicate with the Southside men, whose powerful conversations elude him because he thinks he isn’t worthy. Besides, Milkman was bombard by his father’s dishonorable story about his other, which made him leave the house hoping that he could find Guitar. For instance, the narrator said, “Where is Guitar? He needed to find the one person left whose clarity never failed him… was determined to find him” (Morrison, 79). This means that in order for MM to think and figure things out he needs Guitar. Milkman is unable to make sense of his father’s story about his mother and how his own life fits into their relationship, so Milkman runs from his problems and tries to find Guitar, which leads to his confusion turning into anger, and he instinctively tries to push his family’s weird past out of his mind. Morrison wants to show how much control Guitar has over Milkman because he didn’t know something he ran to Guitar to get help from him. In closing, Milkman became Guitar shadow due to MM not believing in himself and letting others do things for him. To continue, Toni Morrison use the joining of the Seven Days of Guitar and the attempting to kill Milkman lead to Guitar becoming the key for Milkman’s change. Milkman confronted Guitar and asked for the reasons for his sneaky behavior. Guitar tells him that he belongs to a secret society called the Seven Days, an organization composed of seven black men each of whom is assigned a day of the week to kill white people at random every time that a black person is murdered and the killers are left unpunished. The Seven Days try to make each revenge killing similar to the original violence against the black victim. For instance, Guitar explains, “It got started in 1920, when that private from Georgia was killed after his balls were cut off and after that veteran was blinded… I am one of them now” (Morrison, 155).  This means that by Guitar joining the 7 days, it can begin to concern Milkman with his meaning of life and might start to speak up for himself. Also, Milkman begs Guitar to see him and others as human beings rather than whites or blacks because since he is able to kill so callously, he might move toward killing black people, including Milkman himself. Additionally, Milkman’s thinking are interrupted when Guitar comes  behind him and tried to kill him. For instance, the narrator says, “In the midst of that picture he heard the voice of someone holding the wire say, ‘Your Day has come,’ …into the trees in front of him” ( Morrison, 279). This shows that Milkman is confident because walks like he belongs on earth with confidence for the first time. Also, Milkman comes into a realization and start to think about his life; he begins to judge himself fairly and finally becoming able to admit his own mistakes. In closing, Milkman has gone through some events that have make Guitar someone with the power to change MM.