The Piano Lesson
The Piano Lesson
by August Wilson

The Piano Lesson Learning Guide: Table of Contents

Introduction
Analysis
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
The Piano
Ghosts
Setting
Genre
Tone
Writing Style
What's Up With the Title?
What's Up With the Epigraph?
What's Up With the Ending?
Tough-o-Meter
Plot Analysis
Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Tragedy and Rebirth
Three Act Plot Analysis
Trivia
Steaminess Rating
Allusions
Brief Summary
Act 1, Scene 1
Act 1, Scene 2
Act 2, Scene 1
Act 2, Scene 2
Act 2, Scene 3
Act 2, Scene 4
Act 2, Scene 5
Characters
Boy Willie
Boy Willie Timeline
Berniece
Berniece Timeline
Doaker
Doaker Timeline
Wining Boy
Wining Boy Timeline
Character Roles (Protagonist, Antagonist...)
Protagonist
Antagonist
Companion
Tools of Characterization
Themes
Quotes
Memory and the Past
Memory and the Past Quotes
Arts and Culture: Music
Arts and Culture: Music Quotes
Race
Race Quotes
Slavery
Slavery Quotes
The Supernatural
The Supernatural Quotes
Rules and Order
Rules and Order Quotes
Spirituality
Spirituality Quotes
Women and Femininity
Women and Femininity Quotes
Best of the Web
Module Quizzes
Module Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said)
Quotes (What was Said) Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said) True or False
Themes (For the Most Part)
Themes (For the Most Part) Flashcards
Themes (For the Most Part) True or False
Symbols
Symbols Flashcards
Symbols True or False
Just One? He’s Probably Not Going to Be Very Good
Just One? He’s Probably Not Going to Be Very Good Flashcards
Just One? He’s Probably Not Going to Be Very Good True or False
Familial Dischord
Familial Dischord Flashcards
Familial Dischord True or False
Study Questions
Essay
The Piano Lesson
Current Events & Pop Culture
Challenges & Opportunities
Assignments & Activities
Characterization
Chew On This
Character Journal Entry
Facebook Plot Summary
Archetypes
Symbolism, Allusion, and Irony
Literary Devices
Adaptation
Why Should I Care?
Modern Griot
Music Video: African American History
Singing the Blues
Discussion & Essay Questions
Reading Quizzes
Related History & Literature on Shmoop