The Piano Lesson
by August Wilson
The Piano Lesson Slavery 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.
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.