When his heartfelt pleas fail to move her, he arranges to sell the piano anyway, even under threat of being shot. To Berniece, it holds the past history of the Charles family, along with the memories and music of their racial heritage; to Boy Willie, it offers a free man of color the chance to build a new future on the land his ancestors worked as slaves.
While Boy Willie represents an opposing figure to their father Boy Charles by wanting to be a property owning man, Berniece draws similarities to her mother Mama Ola who never seemed to recover from the mourning of her husband either. Wining Boy, tired of only being valued for his ability to provide entertainment with a piano, decides to settle back down south where he can be loved for himself.
Boy Willie decides that the heirloom belongs with the family and returns to Mississippi. I told Boy Willie he ought to stay up here with me. Sometime late at night I could hear my mama talking to them. Boy Willie thinks that selling the piano and buying farmland will ease his life as a black man in Mississippi.
You can stand right up next to the white man and talk about the price of cotton. He speaks to the Ghosts of the Yellow Dog and to his deceased wife, Cleotha. Desire Overall Story Problem The objective characters cause problems when they act on their desire to change their situations.
Lymon foresees his future up North with a steady job, a comfortable home, and a wife suited to him. Prediction Overall Story Counterpoint Once Avery has his dream calling him to be a servant of the Lord, he does everything to make his vision come true. He promised to produce the cash in two weeks, but his savings fall short.
She refuses to sell the piano, and tries to make him understand why. Both Lymon and Willie leave the house in hot pursuit of women.
Berniece cannot reconcile her past with her present. She plays the beginning of a few simple tunes, and he answers her song with a boogie-woogie. Avery Brown, a farmer turned preacher, followed Berniece to Pittsburgh and proposed to her.
She has spent the last three years working as a housemaid and raising her daughter, shunning all social activities.
His eye is only to the future. She used to have me playing on it. She moved to Pittsburgh with her daughter. She has refused to play the piano, even though she teaches her daughter to play on it. You picking them up and carrying them with you.
Hire me some men to work it for me. The owner of the Charles household; the uncle of Berniece and Boy Willie.
Aware Influence Character Solution If Boy Willie would become aware of how deeply the piano has affected his sister, he could have saved her from a stressful showdown between the two of them. Lymon wants to flee to the North where he will be better treated, while Willie feels that whites only treat blacks badly if the blacks do not try and stop them.
Conceptualizing Influence Character Concern Boy Willie envisions selling his watermelons, adding the money from the sale of the piano with his savings, and buying one hundred acres of Sutter land. She used to have me play on it This makes it harder for Berniece to support her wholly emotional argument against selling the piano, while he is being practical.
More Reviews Album Review: Evidence Evidence is given more weight thematically in the subjective story. One of the last figures to be added to the play, Grace shows the desires of both Boy Willie and Lymon.
She remains the only member of the family to adamantly demand the keepsake of the piano heirloom.Piano Lesson opens with the arrival from Mississippi of Boy Willie and his friend Lymon at his Uncle Doaker's house in Pittsburgh with a truckload of watermelons they hope to sell.
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