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The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson

by August Wilson

Memory and the Past Quotes

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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)

You'll find this quote at the end of every one of our theme sections. We did this to show how August Wilson brilliantly touches on all of his major themes when Berniece climactically plays the piano at last. This moment ties into "Memory and the Past" because Berniece has finally found the strength to face the memories from which she's been running. She's only able to banish Sutter's ghost after she stops trying to ignore her past and instead embraces it.

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