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The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson


by August Wilson

The Piano Lesson Arts and Culture: Music Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #10

Berniece: (Singing.) "I want you to help me/I want you to help me/Mama Berniece/I want you to help me/Mama Esther/I want you to help me/Papa Boy Charles/I want you to help me/Mama Ola/I want you to help me" (2.5.203)

Here's our favorite quote again. You can probably guess the reason it fits into the theme of "Music." Berniece is only able to banish Sutter's ghost by doing what? Playing a musical instrument and singing a song. This amazing climax is a testament to the power of music.

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