Intricate, symmetrical, balanced, and tightly constructed--except for one flaw

from Toni Morrison – Soaphead Church Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Morrison chooses diction regarding geometric imagery to indicate a form of perfection in hard edges and careful design. She does this to illustrate Soaphead’s understanding of the world and of himself and where everyone’s place is in society. Yet this understanding turns to an extreme he realizes the flaws of society, bringing out flaws of his own. It is implied that his desire for the ideal caused his hatred of people.

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