Berniece is very set in her ownership of the piano but she momentarily provide understanding to Boy Willie’s point. When Boy Willie makes his argument about why he should keep the piano, Berniece responds “You always talking about your daddy but you never stopped to think about what his foolishness cost your mama.” (Wilson 52) She says this to not only recognize what he was first saying but also to explain the effects of his father’s actions as well as his.
I can relate to Chitra Divakaruni frustrated husband in her story “The Disappearance” growing up in a home where my mom had to step in to be a mother and father because of my dad’s alcohol problem she “had to put his [her] foot down” for us to move forward. (Divakaruni 2) My mom had to be a strong woman to live with my dad for over 20 years with my dad’s alcohol problem, having to pick up after him make sure we were not exposed telling us “in his [her] lap awkwardly” he will soon recover from his crisis. (1) She comforted us as much as she could so we would not forget the good moments we had with him and not judge him for his alcohol abuse, fighting or disappearance.
Lily Melissa Owens, also known as Lily is the protagonist in the book The Secret Life of Bees. She lives in 1964 which is in also know and is turning 14. I feel sympathy for her because she has lost her mother when she was about 4 years old and her father, isn’t a nice person. He is mean and sets harsh rules for her and always tells her that her mother died because of her. On the other hand, Rosaleen, a black woman who worked at the peach farm which Lily’s father owned is like Lily’s mother.
In August Wilson’s The PIano Lesson , Boy Willie, struggles with controlling his anger towards his family past slave owner family, the sutters, generations before he was born which reveals to accept your past and and do not attempt to get revenge or it’ll consume you and take over your life in dangerous ways. Throughout the whole novel we can see how angry and eager he is to sell the piano and his hatred towards his family’s ex owners family especially the last one to die which is why he had traveled to the north from Mississippi to Pittsburgh where his sister Bernice lives and the current location of the symbolic family piano. Throughout the whole play Boy Willie is on a mission. He is attempting to sell his family’s piano in order to buy land and make a living out of the land.
Also it says,” When mom died, I didn’t want to go on, either. I don’t know. I don’t feel the same now, not exactly. Now that i see that one days after another and you’ll get through them one measure at a time.” Most people want to give up when life gets tough, but Billie Jo still remains hopeful and hangs on through the daily struggles of life.
In this fictional story, Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan, there is a girl named Naomi and her brother that meet their mother after 7 years. Their mother acts kind for a few days, but then Naomi and her family find out her secret which is that she mentally ill due to alcohol. Skylar (the mom) acts narcissistic and takes advantage of Naomi’s companionship skills. On the other hand, Skyla doesn’t appreciate her son Owen because he isn’t like other children. Skyla forces Naomi to babysit her boyfriend’s daughter in Las Vegas which separates her from her family.
Though African Americans made some progress from the 1880s to the 1930s, August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson illustrates how the convict lease system and sharecropping caused an overwhelming lack of social and economic
The history of what the piano and her family makes it hard for her to have any contact with the piano. Berniece also mentions that she does not want to play it because she might wake the spirits of her ancestors that had passed. We can conclude that, that is the reason she says " Avery.. I done told you I don’t want to play that piano, now or no other time"(page 71). But that changed till one day the family experienced the presence of Sutter, and in order to remove it Berniece was brave enough to play the piano and call out her ancestors to help them remove the
Hope Edelman’s “The Myth of Co-Parenting,” focuses on Edelman’s marriage falling apart when her husband spends the majority of his waking hours at work. Edelman describes the hardships she faces while raising her daughter for almost two years with an absentee husband. She is left assuming the role of a traditional wife; cleaning the house, stocking the fridge, and taking care of her daughter. Co-parenting is not only hard for the woman in Edelman’s instance, but is also difficult for the husband in Eric Bartels’ “My Problem with Her Anger.” Bartels examines the scrutiny he is under from his wife for performing seemingly easy tasks incorrectly.
have a great relationship with Boy Willie. Once Lymon notices the piano and tells Boy Willie, this is where the drama begins. Boy Willie tells Lymon that he wants to sell the piano because he thinks it is worth a lot of money. Doaker already knows that Berniece will not let him sell the piano because of the significance it has within the family. Another reason Berniece does not want to sell the piano is because her daughter, Maretha, is learning how to play it.
In The Piano Lesson, it’s a piano, co-owned by a brother and sister, carved with the faces of two ancestors. The sister never wants to depart with the piano, and her brother, eager to buy land, wants to sell it — a conflict of preservation of history versus moving on. In the first scene of Fences, a character tries to conceal a watermelon, a device that Wilson uses to reverse the racist connotation of the watermelon-loving minstrel. The Gem of the Ocean does not approach this level of subtle but powerful
The first essay I chose to read was called I Am in Dementia Prison with My Mom, Janet had no prior knowledge or understanding as to why her mother’s health, mind, and thought process was deteriorating. She couldn’t come to terms with her mom being mental sick and when she did she had help and support from her entire family. The second was titled Transferring Mom was New, But Restlessness and Inactivity Kindled her Agitation. Against her and he husband better judgment she took her mom to the store. I believe she did this because she did not want to tell her mom no, as a caregiver, especially to a loved one sometime following your intuition and saying no can be difficult
Berniece At the heart of The Piano Lesson is a brother and sister couple at war over the question of using the family legacy. Berniece, the sister, fiercely protects the piano from being sold. She figures as the guardian of the family's past. Unlike other characters, the stage notes for Berniece are somewhat sparse, describing her as a thirty-five-year-old mother still mourning for her husband, Crawley. She blames her brother, Boy Willie, for her husband's death, remaining ever skeptical of his bravado and chiding him for his rebellious ways.
In this novel, The Piano Lesson, we learn that some characters are doing their best to leave their mark on the world. A main character, Boy Willie, continually attempts to do so. For instance, he says, “I got to mark my passing on the road. Just like you write on a tree, ‘Boy Willie was here.’” By this, he means that he wants to make sure the world knows that he was here, and that he left something behind.