When Milkman goes to Pennsylvania to look for the gold, he was actually in search of his family's past. One of the themes in the story is how the history of African Americans histories are not clear and unrecorded. The fact that the history of Milkman's family history is so unclear and unrecorded he goes through a long journey to find it. Along the way he goes through many places and meets many people that help him find his family history. Milkman thought the bag that Pilate had was filled with the dead white mans gold, but when he reaches Pennsylvania he realizes that he is wrong.

He found out the truth when he meets ancient Circe. Ancient Circe is a woman he meets and she represents a person who is linked to Milkman's past. She was living through the Civil War and mid-wife Macon and Pilates birth. Circe knew his ancestors and she told Milkman that the bones in the bag were her father's bones. All this is too much for Milkman to believe without actual proof, so he travels to Virginia in hope to find the whole truth.

Before Milkman could reach where he intended on going in Virginia, his car breaks down so he went to an auto shop in Shalimar, Virginia. In Shalimar he When Milkman goes to Pennsylvania to look for the gold, he was actually in search of his family's past. One of the themes in the story is how the history of African Americans histories are not clear and unrecorded. The fact that the history of Milkman's family history is so unclear and unrecorded he goes through a long journey to find it. Along the way he goes through many places and meets many people that help him find his family history. Milkman thought the bag that Pilate had was filled with the dead white mans gold, but when he reaches Pennsylvania he realizes that he is wrong.

He found out the truth when he meets ancient Circe. Ancient Circe is a woman he meets and she represents a person who is linked to Milkman's past. She was living through the Civil War and mid-wife Macon and Pilates birth. Circe knew his ancestors and she told Milkman that the bones in the bag were her father's bones. All this is too much for Milkman to believe without actual proof, so he travels to Virginia in hope to find the whole truth. Before Milkman could reach where he intended on going in Virginia, his car breaks down so he went to an auto shop in Shalimar, Virginia.

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