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* {{Landlord}}: Macon Dead II's occupation in the story. A rather shady one, he tries to get his son Milkman to follow in his footsteps.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pilate threatens one of her daughter's ex-boyfriends when he . [[spoiler:When Milkman breaks up with Hagar and is quite cold to her, Pilate knocks him out and ties him up in the basement after Hagar dies of a fever]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pilate threatens one of her daughter's ex-boyfriends when he .he tries to hurt Reba. [[spoiler:When Milkman breaks up with Hagar and is quite cold to her, Pilate knocks him out and ties him up in the basement after Hagar dies of a fever]].


* BittersweetEnding: For First Corinthians at least, [[spoiler:she moves out of their father's house and with the guy who was part of the Seven Days and it's implied she gets her job back]].



** One of the Seven Days members, Henry Porter, urinates on the women surrounding him while Macon Dead tries to talk him down from a suicide.

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** One of the Seven Days members, Henry Porter, urinates on the women surrounding him while Macon Dead tries to talk him down from a suicide.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pilate threatens one of her daughter's ex-boyfriends when he . [[spoiler:When Milkman breaks up with Hagar and is quite cold to her, Pilate knocks him out and ties him up in the basement after Hagar dies of a fever]].


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* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:First Corinthians moves out of her father's house and lives with her first boyfriend. While he is a killer and she only has a job as a maid, it's an improvement]].

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* LaserGuidedKarma: The Butler family responsible for the death of Macon Dead I and many others to gain their property eventually lost their wealth and went into decline and by the time Milkman visits, the house is decaying.


* DomesticAbuse: Macon Dead II at one point slaps around his wife Ruth. Milkman, who witnesses the incident, comes to his mother's defense and hits his own father. Milkman's two sisters, however, just stare at him as if not appreciating what their own brother was doing, and as Milkman later learns from his sister Magdalene, they see him as just an inheritor of the abuse throne who can do anything he wants with his own sisters.

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* DomesticAbuse: Macon Dead II at one point slaps around his wife Ruth. Milkman, who witnesses the incident, comes to his mother's defense and hits his own father. Milkman's two sisters, however, just stare at him as if not appreciating what their own brother was doing, and as Milkman later learns from his sister Magdalene, they see him as just an inheritor of the abuse throne who can do anything he wants with his own sisters. Also, given the sexless relationship between Macon II and Ruth, she confesses that the slap was one of the rare times her husband would actually touch her.


* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: The story begins with a man ,named Robert Smith on the roof of the hospital, falling to his death as he attempts to fly with a suit he has created. One of the women in the crowd of onlookers goes into labor, and the next day gives birth to the protagonist, Milkman, the first black child born in that same hospital. He then grows up and learns to fly himself. Maybe.

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: The story begins with a man ,named named Robert Smith on the roof of the hospital, falling to his death as he attempts to fly with a suit he has created. One of the women in the crowd of onlookers goes into labor, and the next day gives birth to the protagonist, Milkman, the first black child born in that same hospital. He then grows up and learns to fly himself. Maybe.


* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: The story begins with a man ,named Robert Smith on the roof of the hospital, falling to his death as he attempts to fly with a suit he has created. One of the women in the crowd of onlookers goes into labor, and the next day gives birth to the protagonist, Milkman the first black child born in that same hospital. He then grows up and learns to fly himself. Maybe.

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: The story begins with a man ,named Robert Smith on the roof of the hospital, falling to his death as he attempts to fly with a suit he has created. One of the women in the crowd of onlookers goes into labor, and the next day gives birth to the protagonist, Milkman Milkman, the first black child born in that same hospital. He then grows up and learns to fly himself. Maybe.


* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: The story begins with a man named Robert Smith on the roof of the hospital, falling to his death as he attempts to fly with a suit he has created. One of the women in the crowd of onlookers goes into labor, and the next day gives birth to the protagonist, Milkman, becomes the first black child born in that same hospital. He then grows up and learns to fly himself. Maybe.

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: The story begins with a man named ,named Robert Smith on the roof of the hospital, falling to his death as he attempts to fly with a suit he has created. One of the women in the crowd of onlookers goes into labor, and the next day gives birth to the protagonist, Milkman, becomes Milkman the first black child born in that same hospital. He then grows up and learns to fly himself. Maybe.


* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: After Milkman and Guitar complain to Railroad Tommy about being denied a beer by the proprietor of their neighborhood's local gin joint, Tommy busts out with [[TheLongList an epic rant about all of the finer pleasures in life that, as Black men in the 1960's, they'll never get to experience.]] Just as he's finished, and Milkman and Guitar are turning to leave, he adds, "And ''no'' baked Alaska! None! You never going to have that!" Guitar, who's stayed nonplussed through the whole rant, finally cries out in horror, [[SarcasmMode "No baked Alaska? You breaking my heart!"]]

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: After Milkman and Guitar complain to Railroad Tommy about being denied a beer by the proprietor of their neighborhood's local gin joint, Tommy busts out with [[TheLongList an epic rant about all of the finer pleasures in life that, as Black men in the 1960's, they'll never get to experience.]] Just as he's finished, and Milkman and Guitar are turning to leave, he adds, "And ''no'' baked Alaska! None! You never going to have that!" Guitar, who's stayed nonplussed calm through the whole rant, finally cries out in horror, [[SarcasmMode "No baked Alaska? You breaking my heart!"]]


* StealthPun: The majority of the book's action takes place during TheSixties, and despite being born into his father's wealth and being looked after all his life by his mother and sisters, Milkman remains bitter and indifferent to his family's travails. It's safe to say he's not a member of the Creator/GratefulDead.

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* StealthPun: The majority of the book's action takes place during TheSixties, and despite being born into his father's wealth and being looked after all his life by his mother and sisters, Milkman remains bitter and indifferent to his family's travails. It's safe to say he's not a member of the Creator/GratefulDead.Music/GratefulDead.

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* MarijuanaIsLSD: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in one chapter, where Milkman and Guitar see some pretty bizarre things after smoking marijuana to calm down; first they see an albino peacock, then they see Pilate seemingly changing appearance when she arrives to pick them up at a police station. Considering this is a Creator/ToniMorrison novel, though, it's quite possible that [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane they weren't hallucinating]].

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* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: Macon Dead II does this to Henry Porter, who tries to commit suicide because he's been without a woman for so long. Eventually Porter just collapses without any harm being done except urinating on some women.

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* DrivenToSuicide: The last member of the Butler family which Circe the housekeeper was serving until the family's fortunes were exhausted, who killed herself by throwing herself from the top of a staircase, eventually dying from her injuries.

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* LovePotion: During the time when Ruth was yearning for another child after the births of First Corinthians and Magdalene (called Lena), she turned to Pilate for help, and Pilate gave her something to mix into her husband's meal that would get him desiring to make love to her. After it wore off, though, Macon Dead II found out his wife was pregnant and threatened her to get rid of the child. Pilate in turn threatened her brother with a VoodooDoll to get him to not do any harm to the child.

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* DidIMentionItsChristmas: Christmas is mentioned at least once in the story, as the time that Milkman decides to break off his relationship with Hagar as he finds that it's getting stale and Hagar seems to want something more from him.

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