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The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson

by August Wilson

Slavery 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)

When Berniece banishes Sutter's ghost by calling on the spirits of her ancestors, it's almost as if she's finally totally liberated her family from slavery. Sutter, the ghost of slavery, has been kicked out of their house once and for all.

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