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A Pianos Cost In The Piano Lesson August Wilson portrays the life of a 30s family in a dilemma over selling an ancestral piano for money to buy land those ancestors worked as slaves The piano teaches many lessons among the most important is that you must hold on to your heritage over everything else even economic betterment The Piano Lesson speaks of some basic lessons of African-American culture Wilson felt a duty toward his Africans slave past In this way his play teaches duty toward respecting your heritage which in the tradition of great literature is just as relevant today as in 1930 The older generation in the play Doaker represents a time farther back in American history and attests to the past He tells Lymen a friend of the family about the piano saying it was the story of our whole family p45 Doakers job in the play is to carry the background story of the bloodstained piano to the viewer He is also a reminder to respect the past and a realization that our past is not that far in back of us Another way this play teaches duty toward heritage is its assertion that you cannot escape racism by pretending its non-existence and that the ghosts of slaverys past will follow you unless you hold them up This was demonstrated in the conclusion of the play when Bernice faces her denial of the piano and realizes what she must do and exercises Sutters ghost by beginning to play106 When Bernice plays the piano she is showing a respect for her familys history and moves past her denial and the ghosts power over the family Another basic lesson of the play is that family is important and to sick together in hard times This family is scattered around the United States Cousins and uncles have not seen each other for years In fact when Boy Willie wants
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