The Chopin 's The Piano Lesson Essay

1752 Words Sep 28th, 2016 8 Pages
Playwright August Wilson writes his drama’s in order to demonstrate the struggles of Black Americans throughout the twentieth century. In fact, August Wilson uses The Piano Lesson to illustrate the hardships of two siblings involving conflicts, symbolism, religion, and folklore. Boy Willie focuses mainly on the time at which his family was held captive as slaves to a chance to buy his own piece of land. The Piano Lesson demonstrates the importance of family heirlooms and how no amount of money could ever replace the sentimental value of they hold. Berniece and Boy Willie constantly argue as to whether the piano should be sold to help re-write the family name or should remain with Berniece because of the family significance. Bernice, unlike Boy Willie, understands the piano represents not only her mother 's love but also the struggles of their family endures in order to retrieve the piano. Boy Willie would ,however, be more willing to sell the piano is he understood the sentimental value it holds. In addition, Bernice suspects Boy Willie killed Sutter to obtain his land, while Boy Willie believes the Ghost of the Yellow Dog killed Sutter. Boy Willie tells Berneice, The Ghost of the Yellow Dog is a spirit of drifters along with their father who was also in the train car at the time of the fire. In conclusion, not only does The Piano Lesson demonstrates the importance of family heirlooms and how no amount of money could ever replace the sentimental value they hold, but it also…

Related Documents