Analysis Of ' The Piano Lesson ' Essay

1048 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Thomas Perez, the Secretary of Labor, believes that “[the] workforce and [the] entire economy are strongest when [people] embrace diversity to its fullest,” which includes advancements made by African Americans during the 1880’s to the 1930’s. Prior to the 1880’s, Reconstruction was instilled in the South to repair damages caused by the Civil War and provide equality for African Americans. Unfortunately, Reconstruction did not stop racism, but it allowed education and the aid of charitable organizations to be provided to former slaves. The access to education and helpful organizations are illustrated in August Wilson’s play, The Piano Lesson, as his characters use these institutions to make economic progress. Wilson’s character Berniece wants her daughter, Maretha, to use her education to help acquire a job, while the character Avery establishes a church to benefit the community and himself. Even though some African Americans were not financially successful during this time period due to racism, characters in The Piano Lesson illustrate economic growth through education and charitable organizations. Berniece demonstrates the economic opportunities during the early 20th century by sending Maretha to school and preparing her for practical jobs, unlike some African Americans who were restricted due to racism. Deep in a conversation, Berniece realizes how time has passed and that she needs to “get Maretha up and get her started” for school (Wilson 16). Berniece, a single…

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